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Donald A. McNiven

The Honourable Donald A. McNiven

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1944 - 1949   Justice of the Saskatchewan Court of King's Bench
1949 - 1961   Justice of the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal

Donald McNiven was born in Walkerton, Ontario in 1887. His family relocated to Virden, Manitoba when he was an infant. He went to public school in Virden and then went on to study at the University of Manitoba. Mr. McNiven taught school for two years before reading law and articling to a firm in Virden. He completed his articles in Regina at the firm of Fish and Anderson. In 1912, he was called to the Saskatchewan bar, and in 1919 went into partnership with Douglas Fraser, K.C. Also in 1919, he married Leila Maud Higginbotham of Virden, and they had one daughter.

Mr. McNiven was involved in politics, presiding over the Regina Liberal Association for seven years. In 1922, he ran successfully as a Liberal candidate in the provincial election. He was re-elected as an MLA in 1925. He lost the subsequent 1929 election when the Conservatives gained a majority government. However, in 1935, Mr. McNiven was elected to the House of Commons representing Regina and was re-elected in 1940.

In 1944, Mr. McNiven resigned his seat in the House to accept an appointment to the Court of King’s Bench in Regina. Also in 1944, he served on the regional war board, the Saskatchewan Wartime Relations Board, and was alternate chairman of the National War Labor Board. Mr. McNiven was appointed to the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal in 1949 and served on the Court until July of 1961. He died in August, 1961.

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