He was born in Osnabruck Township in Upper Canada in 1837, the son of John Archibald and Eliza Dixon. He was educated at Upper Canada College and later served in the local militia. In 1881, he married Gertrude Wood. Archibald served as reeve of Osnabruck from 1866 to 1869. Archibald also served as paymaster for the local militia. In 1881, he went to Dundas, Minnesota, where he joined his brother Edward's flour milling business. He retired from that business in 1892 and moved to Northfield, Minnesota, where he died in 1914.
- Cyril Archibald – Parliament of Canada biography
- Johnson, J.K. (1968). The Canadian Directory of Parliament 1867-1967. Public Archives of Canada.
- Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, a history, 1784-1945, JG Harkness
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