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Memorable Manitobans: William Johnston Neilson (1854-1903)

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William Johnston Neilson
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Physician, MLA (1900-1903).

Born at Perth, Lanark County, Ontario on 4 March 1854, eldest son of Cornelius Neilson and Eleanor Moorhouse, he received his high school education at Perth and his medical training at McGill College, Montreal, graduating in 1878. He began his medical practice at Perth but moved to Winnipeg in 1881. He lectured on anatomy at the Manitoba Medical College until he was appointed medical health officer for Winnipeg in 1883. In the 1899 provincial general election, he was elected MLA for Winnipeg North as a Conservative. He died unmarried at Winnipeg on 17 July 1903 and was buried at Perth, Ontario.


Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

We thank Pat Allan for additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 September 2018

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