John Bracken dies in Ottawa

On today’s date in 1969, Canadian agronomist and politician John Bracken died in Ottawa.

In 1998, Canada Post featured Bracken on a 45-cent multi-coloured stamp (Scott No. 1709i) printed by the Canadian Bank Note Company as part of the Provincial Premiers issue. The stamp features a photograph of Bracken overtop the flag of Manitoba.

Born in Ellisville, Ont., Bracken was educated at the Ontario Agricultural College and the University of Illinois before becoming professor of animal husbandry at the University of Saskatchewan in 1910. He served at the University of Saskatchewan until 1920, when he became president of the Manitoba Agricultural College. In 1922, he began two decades as premier of Manitoba.

During his life, Bracken was responsible for the agricultural revolution that turned the semi-arid Canadian prairies into viable farmland. He served as a prominent figure who would help establish Canada as a farming nation.

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