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Thomas MacNutt

Member of Parliament for Saltcoats
In office
1908 – 1921
Preceded bynone
Succeeded byThomas Sales
MLA for Saltcoats
In office
1905 – 1908
Preceded bynone
Succeeded byJames Alexander Calder
1st Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan
In office
March 29, 1906 – July 20, 1908
Preceded byNone. First Speaker.
Succeeded byWilliam Charles Sutherland
Personal details
BornAugust 3, 1850
Campbellton, New Brunswick, Canada
DiedFebruary 7, 1927(1927-02-07) (aged 76)
Political partySaskatchewan Liberal Party Liberal Party of Canada, Independent party
Spouse(s)Miss Margaret McFayden
Professionfarmer and stock raiser

Thomas MacNutt (August 3, 1850 – February 5, 1927) was a Canadian politician who held national as well as province-wide office, as a former member of the House of Commons of Canada and the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan. He won a number of significant recognized awards and honours in his career. Thomas MacNutt was one of the original eight people who comprised the Independent party, the precursor to the Progressive Party of Canada.

Early life and familyEdit

MacNutt was born in Eastern Canada in Campbellton, New Brunswick on August 3, 1850 to Charles Stewart MacNutt and Emily Allison (née Sims) MacNutt. Thomas MacNutt attended elementary school on Prince Edward Island, and thereafter attended Ottawa grammar school and commercial college.[1] Thomas MacNutt completed his schooling and served in the military as well as timber agent, surveyor, Indian agent, and colonization agent before entering politics. Many early immigrants felt that Thomas MacNutt was guide, and friend.

Upon marrying Miss Margaret McFayden, Thomas and Margaret started a family in the Saltcoats area of Saskatchewan. Four children made up their family, Charles Arthur Macnutt, Thomas Russell MacNutt, Mary Lamont MacNutt, and Everett Alexander MacNutt.[1]

Military serviceEdit


MacNutt was a member of the Territorial Assembly from 1902 until 1905. He was then a member of the Saltcoats constituency when he was the first Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan in 1906. As a Speaker, the office required knowledge of the rules of the house and impartiality.[2] He continued on in politics, becoming a member of the House of Commons at Ottawa, Ontario from 1908 until 1921. MacNutt entered politics as a Liberal Party of Saskatchewan supporter until 1917. He was elected in the 1905 Saskatchewan election as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) representing Saltcoats.[3] He served with Premier Walter Scott of the Liberal Party. He resigned as MLA and served as a Member of Parliament (MP). He served in the House of Commons after the 1908 federal election, and represented the federal Saltcoats district. After the 1908 Saskatchewan election, MacNutt again represented the provincial Saltcoats and served with Premier Walter Scott.[4] MacNutt subsequently won the 1911 and the 1917 federal elections in Saltcoats. The Unionist Party was formed in 1917 by Members of Parliament who supported the "Union government" formed by Sir Robert Borden during World War I. MacNutt was a Liberal-Unionist between 1917 and 1920. There were eight who came together to form the Independent party which later became known as the Progressive Party of Canada.[1]


The early Saskatchewan District of Landestreu was named in honour of the Honorable Thomas MacNutt Esq., and is now known as MacNutt[5]

  • The May 1935 Jubilee medal was issued to commemorate the twenty-fifth year of the reign of King George V was awarded to those of the Royal Household, and other deserving recipients, of which the Honourable Thomas MacNutt, Esq. is one of them.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Adamson, J (6 January 2003). "Saskatchewan Gen Web Project - SASKATCHEWAN AND ITS PEOPLE by JOHN HAWKES". HON. THOMAS MACNUTT. Sask Gen Web. Retrieved 2007-05-01.
  2. ^ "Saskatchewan's Top News Stories: Beginnings And Landmarks". First Provincial Legislature Of Saskatchewan Opened The Speech From The Throne---Hon. Thomas MacNutt Elected Speaker. Retrieved 2007-05-01.
  3. ^ 1905 Saskatchewan general election
  4. ^ Library of Parliament. "PARLINFO - Parliamentarian File - Federal Experience - MACNUTT, Thomas". Retrieved 2007-05-01.
  5. ^ Yellowhead REDA. "Yellowhead Regional Economic Development History". Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-05-01.
  6. ^ "The 1935 Jubilee Medal and Recipients". The Island Register. 2001. Retrieved 2007-05-01.

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