John Henry McTavish (1837 - 1888)

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Birthplace: Grafton, Ontario, Canada
Death: Died in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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About John Henry McTavish

JOHN HENRY MCTAVISH (1837-88)

Member of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly, 1870, Founding Member of the Winnipeg Board of Trade, 1873, Member of the Northwest Territorial Executive Council, 1874, Land Commissioner for the Canadian Pacific Railway, 1881-88

BIRTH AND EARLY YEARS

John Henry McTavish was born at Grafton in Ontario, Canada, on 11 June 1837, the son of Donald McTavish [Provisional Government of Assiniboia] http://hallnjean2.wordpress.com/resources/definition-provisional-government/the-people-electorate/st-james/ He was educated at the Jesuits' College and at the High School in Montreal, Ontarion, Canada [The Manitoba Historical Society: Memorable Manitobans] http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/people/mctavish_jh.shtml

SERVICE WITH THE HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY, 1856-80

John Henry McTavish was employed as an apprentice Clerk at Fort Garry, 1856-61, as an Accountant at Fort Garry, 1861-70. He was the Clerk in charge at Fort Garry, 1870-72, Factor at Fort Garry, 1872-74, and Chief Factor there, 1874-80 [Hudson's Bay Company Archives: Biographical Sheets] http://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/archives/hbca/biographical/mc/mctavish_john-henry.pdf

POLITICAL CAREER

John Henry McTavish was elected as a conservative representing Ste. Anne to the first legislature of Manitoba. In 1874 he was chosen a member of the North-West Territorial executive council but left the political field to become land commissioner of the Canadian Pacific Railway. He was a close friend and associate of Lord Strathcona. He was one of the founders of the Winnipeg Board of Trade, in 1873 [The Manitoba Historical Society: Memorable Manitobans] http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/people/mctavish_jh.shtml

DEATH AND BURIAL

John Henry McTavish died at Winnipeg on 5 March 1888 and was buried in the cemetery of St. Boniface Cathedral there [The Manitoba Historical Society: Memorable Manitobans] http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/people/mctavish_jh.shtml

MARRIAGE AND CHILDREN

John Henry McTavish married Maria Rowand [Red River Ancestry] http://www.redriverancestry.ca/ROWAND-JOHN-1812.php They had two children: (1) Margaret McTavish (2) George McTavish. At the time of the Canadian Census of 1881 John GeorgeMcTavish and his family were living at Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada [Canada Census, 1881, index, FamilySearch] https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MVDB-5PF

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John Henry McTavish's Timeline

1837
June 11, 1837
Grafton, Ontario, Canada
1868
March 6, 1868
Age 30
Manitoba, Canada
1888
March 5, 1888
Age 50
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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Manitoba, Canada
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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada