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Memorable Manitobans: William Duncan Scott (1861-1925)

Civil servant.

Born at Dundas, Ontario on 7 November 1861, son of James Scott and Margaret McEwan, he came to Manitoba in 1881 and worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway. He worked as a Manitoba immigration agent from 1887 to 1899. He was Canadian commissioner at various international exhibitions from 1899 to 1903, and superintendent of the Federal Immigration Branch from 1903 to 1925. From 1911 Scott was also chief controller of Chinese immigration.

He died at Ottawa, Ontario on 27 January 1925.


“W. D. Scott, of Federal Dept., Dies in East” Newspaper clipping dated 27 January 1925. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 14 March 2009

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