Alexander McCowan

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Alexander McCowan
Member of Provincial Parliament
In office
Preceded by John Richardson
Succeeded by George Stewart Henry
Constituency York East
Personal details
Born (1853-05-27)May 27, 1853
Scarborough Township
Died 1939
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Georgina Ashbridge
Mary Marshall
Residence Toronto
Occupation Dairy farmer

Alexander McCowan (May 27, 1853 – 1939) was an Ontario farmer and political figure. He represented York East in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1905 to 1913 as a Conservative member.

He was born in Scarborough Township, the son of James W. McCowan, an immigrant from Scotland. He resigned his seat in the provincial assembly in 1913 and was appointed sheriff for York County, serving until 1934. In 1891, he married Georgina Ashbridge. He married Mary Marshall in 1894 after the death of his first wife. McCowan was a dairy farmer and was secretary-treasurer of the Toronto Milk Producers' Association, one of the first milk marketing organizations in Canada. He was also secretary-treasurer for the Scarboro Agricultural Society.


  • Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1912, EJ Chambers

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