John Arbuthnot (mayor) Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Arbuthnot_(mayor)

John Arbuthnot
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19th Mayor of Winnipeg
In office
Preceded byHorace Wilson
Succeeded byThomas Sharpe
Personal details
Born(1861-01-07)7 January 1861[1]
St. Catharines, Canada West[1]
Died18 September 1931(1931-09-18) (aged 70)[1]
New Westminster, British Columbia[1]
SpouseAgnes Barbara Savage (m. 1886)

John Arbuthnot (7 January 1861 – 18 September 1931)[1] was a Canadian businessman and politician who served as an alderman and the 19th Mayor of Winnipeg. He was born in Grantham township, Lincoln County, Ontario.

Arbuthnot worked as a clerk at Port Arthur, Ontario for John Ross, manager of construction 1882-85 for the Canadian Pacific Railway along the north shore of Lake Superior from Port Arthur to Missanabie.[2] After railway construction ended, he moved back to St Catharines, Ontario where he married Agnes Barbara Savage 17 February 1886, a niece of John Ross. The 1891 Canada census at St Catharines records John as a lumber salesman, living there with his wife, two children, Ross and William, and in-laws, William and Christina Ross Savage. About 1891-92 John then moved to Rat Portage, Ontario to work at the Western Lumber Company where his brother-in-law James Malcolm Savage was company secretary. He established his own lumber business after moving to Winnipeg.

He was elected a Winnipeg alderman for 1896 and 1897 before serving as City Parks Board chair the following two years. He was elected as Mayor to serve terms from 1901 to 1903.[1] In 1907 he left Winnipeg for British Columbia and remained in that province until his death in 1931. He initially worked in partnership with his brother-in-law James Malcolm Savage managing a coal mining company.[3]

The City of Winnipeg named Arbuthnot Street in his honour.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Manitoba Historical Society - John Arbuthnot
  2. ^ Thunder Bay Sentinel, 7 July 1883, page 3.
  3. ^ Victoria Daily Times, 13-15 August 1923, and Victoria Daily Colonist, 14 August 1923, obituaries of J.M. Savage.
  4. ^ History in Winnipeg Street Names at Manitoba Historical Society

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