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Mayor James McShane

In office
1891 – 1893
Preceded by Jacques Grenier
Succeeded by Alphonse Desjardins

In office
1895 – 1896
Preceded by John Joseph Curran
Succeeded by The electoral district was abolished in 1892.

In office
1886 – 1892
Preceded by George Washington Stephens
Succeeded by Patrick Kennedy

In office
1878 – 1886
Preceded by John Wait McGauvran
Succeeded by John Smythe Hall

Born November 7, 1833(1833-11-07)
Montreal, Lower Canada
Died December 14, 1918 (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.



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, 1886, and 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.





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