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James McShane

James McShane
21st Mayor of Montreal
In office
Preceded by Jacques Grenier
Succeeded by Alphonse Desjardins
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Montreal Centre
In office
Preceded by John Joseph Curran
Succeeded by None, district abolished
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec for Montréal division no. 6
In office
Preceded by None, district created
Succeeded by Patrick Kennedy
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec for Montréal-Centre
In office
Preceded by George Washington Stephens
Succeeded by None, district abolished
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec for Montréal-Ouest
In office
Preceded by John Wait McGauvran
Succeeded by John Smythe Hall
Personal details
Born (1833-11-07)November 7, 1833
Montreal, Lower Canada
Died December 14, 1918(1918-12-14) (aged 85)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Political party Liberal
Other political
Quebec Liberal Party
Profession businessman
Cabinet Quebec:
Commissioner of Agriculture and Public Works (1887-1888)

James McShane (November 7, 1833 – December 14, 1918) was a Canadian businessman and politician. He was mayor of Montreal, a member of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec, and a member of the Canadian House of Commons.


  • Background 1
  • Montreal City Politics 2
  • Member of the Provincial Legislature 3
  • Federal Politics 4
  • Retirement 5
  • Gallery 6
  • References 7


Born in Montreal, the son of James McShane and Ellen Quinn, he worked as an exporter of livestock to England. He served as a volunteer in the militia during the Fenian raids in 1866.

Montreal City Politics

He represented the Sainte-Anne Ward on the Montreal City Council, from 1868 to 1873, 1874 to 1881 and from 1883 to 1887. From 1891 to 1893, he was the mayor of Montreal.

Member of the Provincial Legislature

In 1873, he was defeated as the Liberal Party of Quebec candidate in a Quebec provincial by-election in the riding of Montréal-Ouest.

He was elected in the 1878 provincial election and re-elected in 1881. He was elected in Montréal-Centre in 1886, and in Montréal division no. 6 in 1890. From 1887 to 1888, he was commissioner of agriculture and public works in the cabinet of Premier Honoré Mercier. He was defeated in the 1892 provincial election.

Federal Politics

In 1895, he was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in a by-election in the riding of Montreal Centre. A Liberal, he was defeated in the 1896 federal election in the riding of St. Anne.


After leaving politics, he was involved with the Montreal Harbour Commission and was harbour-master from 1900 to 1912.



  • James McShane – Parliament of Canada biography
  • "James McShane".  
  • "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French).  
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