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Scots and Scots Descendant in America
Part V - Biographies
Neil Bruce MacKelvie


ONE of the most trustworthy and successful of the younger men of the great financial center of New York is Neil Bruce MacKelvie, who from training, ability, hard work and fine personality has advanced to the forefront of American business life.

Mr. MacKelvie was born in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada, December 9, 1879, the son of Neil and Lizzie M. (Stewart) MacKelvie. His grandfather, Robert MacKelvie, was a parish teacher in West Kilbede, Island of Arran, Buteshire, Scotland, and emigrated to America. in 1816. Mr. MacKelvie’ father was for some years in the employ of Messrs. Joseph Pope & Sons, of Liverpool, shipowners, as their cashier and manager, at Charlotte-town, Prince Edward Island. After leaving Charlottetown, he was employed by the Michigan Central Railway in Michigan, as assistant accountant in the Construction Department of that corporation. He was one of the charter members of the Detroit Caledonian Club, and for two years its recording secretary. He returned to Canada to accept the position of Manager of the Union Bank of Prince Edward Island, at its amalgamation with the bank of Nova Scotia, and remained its manager until his retirement.

Mr. MacKelvie was educated in Summerside High School, with the view of taking up banking, and left school at the age of thirteen to enter the Bank of Nova Scotia. He was employed in banks in Summerside and Halifax until about 1896, when he came to Boston, as an employee of Hayden, Stone & Company, Brokers, and was later taken into the firm. In 1906 he removed to New York, as representative of the firm in that city.

Mr. MacKelvie is Vice-President of the New York Canadian Society and a member of the Presbyterian Church. He married Miss Jeanette Thomson, of Boston, Mass. They have two children, one son and one daughter. Mr. MacKelvie’s estate is at Sands Point, Port Washington, L. I., New York; his business address, 25 Broad Street, New York City.


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