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Grant MacEwan

John Walter Grant MacEwan, author, historian, ​lieutenant-governor of ​Alberta (born in ​Brandon, ​Manitoba on 12 August 1902; died in ​Calgary, Alberta on 15 June 2000).
Grant MacEwan, politician
Grant MacEwan, former Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta, circa 1966 (courtesy PAA).

John Walter Grant MacEwan, author, historian, lieutenant-governor of Alberta (born in Brandon, Manitoba on 12 August 1902; died in Calgary, Alberta on 15 June 2000).

Educated at schools in Brandon and Melfort, Saskatchewan, MacEwan graduated from Ontario Agricultural College in 1926 and from Iowa State College in 1928. He was professor of animal husbandry at the University of Saskatchewan and department head from 1928 to 1946, and dean of agriculture, University of Manitoba, from 1946 to 1951.

He was the Liberal candidate in the federal by-election in Brandon in 1951, but was defeated. He moved to Calgary and was elected alderman in 1953, 1955, 1957 and 1959; he was mayor from 1963 to 1966. Elected MLA in 1955, he became Alberta Liberal leader in 1958, but was defeated in the election of 1959 and resigned the leadership in 1960.

Since 1936 he published four agricultural texts (two collaborations) and some 50 books on historical subjects, averaging latterly a book a year. Some of his publications are Frederick Haultain: Frontier Statesman of the Canadian Northwest (1985), Heavy Horses: Highlights of Their History in Canada (1986), Paddy Nolan: He Left Them Laughing When He Said Goodbye (1987) and Coyote Music and Other Humorous Tales of the Early West (1993).

He was lieutenant-governor of Alberta from 1965 to 1974 and was invested with the Order of Canada 1975. Grant MacEwan Community College in Edmonton was named in his honour.

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