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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 2
Hon. Andrew Robert McLennan, M. P. P.


Hon. Andrew R. McLennan, one of Edmonton's substantial business men, has also made his influence felt in civic, political and governmental affairs and is now Serving as a member of the Alberta legislature. He was born at Walkerton, Ontario, in 1871, and his parents, Thomas and Barbara (Little) McLennan, were both natives of Scotland. In early life they came to Canada, settling in the province of Ontario, where the father acquired a farm and aided in developing the agricultural resources of that section of the Dominion. He had received an excellent education and through judicious reading was constantly increasing his store of knowledge. He was an influential factor in political affairs, serving as president of the Liberal Association, and his religious views embraced the teachings of the Presbyterian church. Mr. and Mrs. McLennan both passed away in Bruce county, Ontario. They had a family of twelve children, tell whom survive, the subject of this review being the eleventh in order of birth.

Andrew Robert McLennan attended the public schools and later completed a course in a business college and oil out in life he took up the occupation of farming but soon afterward embarked in the lumber business at Kenora, Ontario, where he engaged in the manufacture of lumber from 1897 until 1905. He next made his way to the province of Saskatchewan, locating at Abernathy, where he remained until 1912, when he came to Alberta and opened a lumberyard in Edmonton. He has since conducted a general retail business as a member of the firm of Pray & McLennan, Ltd., of which he is manager.

In June, 1903, Mr. McLennan married Miss Annette L. Pray, a daughter of his business associate, William H. Pray, who was born in the state of New York and has now reached the age of eighty-two years. Mr. and Mrs. McLennan have two daughters: Harriet Little, a high school pupil; and Mary H., who is attending grammar school.

Mr. McLennan has always taken a deep interest in political matters and formerly served as president of the Liberal Association. As a candidate of that party he was chosen to represent his district in the Alberta legislature at the last general election and he is recognized as one of the able members of that body. For three years he was an alderman of Edmonton, in which capacity he rendered effective service to the city, and he has also been honored with the presidency of the Edmonton Exhibition Association, having filled that office for two terms, while in 1920 he was president of the Curling Club. He is a Royal Arch Mason and a Presbyterian in religious faith. All the days in his career have not been equally bright, but he has never allowed obstacles and difficulties to discourage him, realizing the fact that advancement goes hand in hand with energy, enterprise and determination, and success has crowned his efforts. He is imbued with the spirit of progress along all lines which lead to municipal and provincial development and combines in his character all of the qualities of a useful and desirable citizen.


 


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