Genealogy of the McMicking Family
credit: Manitoba Historical Society
Alexander MCMICKEN was born 27 AUG 1837 in Queenston, Lincoln Co., Upper Canada and died 30 JUL 1916 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He was the son of Gilbert MCMICKEN and Ann Theresa DUFF. He married Margaret Sarah JOHNSON 01 SEP 1859 in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Lincoln co., Canada West. She was born 1834, and died 18 MAY 1929 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. They had no children.
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Alexander McMicken served as Postmaster and collector of customs at Clifton. In 1860 he went into the grain business at Windsor, and after Confederation became head of the western division of the government secret service. In 1871 he came to Winnipeg and became a banker, initially assisting his father at the Government Savings Bank and then opening his own bank (McMicken’s Bank) in 1872. He was a member of the second and third city councils in Winnipeg and was elected mayor in 1882; his term was marked by the failure of the city to recover fromthe economic bust after the boom of 1881-82. He lost heavily in land speculation, like many others. As banker he had raised funds for the City of Winnipeg through bond issues, and as mayorhe became associated with overspending. Among his accomplishments were construction, with A. W. Ross, of the traffic bridge over the Assiniboine River at Osborne Street in 1882, thedevelopment of the first race track, and the establishment of the first cricket club. He was considered one of the best rifle shots in Canada. He was provincial police magistrate from 1900 toMarch 1913,when he retired due to ill health. He was a founding member of Augustine Presbyterian Church. McMicken also established the IOOF in the province.