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John Henry McTavish

Birthplace: Grafton, Ontario, Canada
Death: Died in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Place of Burial: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Immediate Family:

Son of Donald McTavish
Husband of Maria Rowand
Father of George Tache McTavish and Margaret Marie McTavish

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About John Henry McTavish


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] He was educated at the Jesuits' College and at the High School in Montreal, Ontarion, Canada [The Manitoba Historical Society: Memorable Manitobans]

Service with 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]

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]

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]

Marriage and Children

John Henry McTavish married Maria Rowand [Red River Ancestry] 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]

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John Henry McTavish's Timeline

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