James Clinkskill

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Clinkskill in 1896.

James Clinkskill (May 9, 1853 – August 6, 1936) was a Canadian politician and engineer, merchant, author and justice of the peace.[1]

Early life[edit]

Clinkskill was educated at St. Andrews University and Madras College. He moved to the Northwest Territories in 1882. In 1884, he got married.[2]

Political career[edit]

Northwest Territories Assembly[edit]

Clinkskill was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories, winning the Battleford electoral district. He ran in the 1888 Northwest Territories general election and defeated Daniel Livingstone Clink in a hotly contested battle by 24 votes. He would run for a second term in office in the 1891 Northwest Territories general election, slightly increasing his margin of victory. He was re-elected for a third term in the 1894 Northwest Territories general election. After his third term expired in 1898 Clinkskill did not run again for his seat. He returned to territorial politics by running in a by-election held on December 19, 1902. The by-election was held in the Saskatoon electoral district; he won, defeating candidate Benjamin Chubb by 14 votes.[3]

Mayor of Saskatoon[edit]

Clinkskill became Mayor of Saskatoon for the first time in 1906. He would serve a second stint as Mayor from 1911 to 1912.

Published works[edit]

Three books were published about James Clinkskill, written by Arthur Morten and Co authored by Clinkskill himself the books feature his memories about his life in the early days as Mayor of Saskatoon Saskatchewan.[4]

  • Reminiscences of a pioneer in Saskatchewan. 1927. (Co authored with Arthur Morton)
  • Narrative of ex-mayor James Clinkskill. 1927. (Co authored with Arthur Morton)
  • Narratives of Saskatoon, 1882–1912. 1927. (Co authored with Arthur Morton)


  1. ^ Pedersen, Jen. "A Seat on Council: The Aldermen, Councillors and Mayors of Saskatoon 1903–2006" (PDF). City of Saskatoon. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 23, 2014.
  2. ^ Gemmell, John Alexander (1889). The Canadian parliamentary companion, 1889. J. Durie & Son. pp. 394–395.
  3. ^ "North-West Territories: Council and Legislative Assembly, 1876–1905" (PDF). Saskatchewan Archives. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-09-30.
  4. ^ "Browse by author James Clinkskill". University of Saskatchewan. Retrieved 2007-09-30.

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Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories
New district MLA Battleford
Succeeded by
Benjamin Prince
Preceded by
William Henry Sinclair
MLA Saskatoon
District abolished