John James Carrick

John James Carrick (September 17, 1873 – May 11, 1966) was an Ontario real estate promoter and political figure. He was always referred to by his initials as J.J. Carrick. Carrick served as mayor of Port Arthur in 1908. He represented Port Arthur in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1908 to 1911 and Thunder Bay and Rainy River in the House of Commons of Canada from 1911 to 1917 as a Conservative member. He stepped aside in 1917 for his erstwhile protégé Donald McDonald Hogarth, but when the Port Arthur Liberal Association refused to accept Hogarth as the Unionist Party candidate, he gave way to Conservative Francis Henry Keefer who won the seat in the 1917 Canadian federal election for the Unionists.

John James Carrick
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Painting of Carrick from 1908
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Thunder Bay and Rainy River
In office
Preceded byJames Conmee
Succeeded byRiding abolished
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded byWilliam Alfred Preston
Succeeded byDonald Hogarth
ConstituencyPort Arthur
Personal details
Born(1873-09-17)September 17, 1873
Terre Haute, Indiana
DiedMay 11, 1966(1966-05-11) (aged 92)
Political partyConservative
Mary Jane Day (m. 1899)
RelationsDonald Carrick, son
OccupationReal estate promoter

He was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, the son of John A. Carrick, and was educated at the University of Toronto. In 1899, he married Mary Jane Day. Carrick came to Port Arthur in 1903 attracted by a real estate boom in anticipation of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway locating at the Lakehead. He subsequently acquired and marketed a large number of subdivisions on the fringes of the Port Arthur town plot, the most successful of which was Mariday Park, named after his wife. He launched the Port Arthur Daily News in 1906 to promote his political career and real estate business. He was president of the Great West Coal Company. He secured the rank of honorary lieutenant-colonel from the Canadian Minister of Militia, Sam Hughes during World War I and served as liaison officer to Canadian HQ staff.

Carrick relocated to Toronto after the First World War to run a brokerage business. He attempted to regain political office in Port Arthur, but was unsuccessful at the federal elections of October 1925 running as an Independent Conservative and again in 1930 running as a Mackenzie King Liberal.

His son Donald Carrick also served in the House of Commons.

The community of Carrick, Manitoba was named after him.[1] His name is also associated with a subdivision in Thunder Bay and has a street named after him there in the Intercity area.

He was widowed in 1947.

According to his 1966 obituary in the Montréal Gazette, in about 1951 he moved to Mexico, saying that country had the ideal climate for "health, happiness and longevity." He died there in 1966.


  • Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1910, EJ Chambers
  • F. Brent Scollie, "J.J. Carrick's Brent Park subdivision, Port Arthur, Ontario, 1906-1950 : the consequences of uncontrolled real estate development," Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society Papers and Records, XXXIV (2006), 29-50.
  • F. Brent Scollie, Thunder Bay Mayors & Councillors 1873-1945 (Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society, 2000), 63-64.
  • J.J. Carrick obituary, Montreal Gazette, page 41, 13 May 1966.

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