Sir James Albert Manning Aikins
Term of Office: 3 August 1916 – 9 October 1926
Born: Grahamsville, Ontario, 10 December 1851
Died: Winnipeg, 1 March 1929
- Son of James Cox Aikins, Manitoba’s 4th Lieutenant- Governor.
- Educated at Upper Canada College and University of Toronto.
- Called to the Ontario bar in 1878 but chose to relocate in Winnipeg the following year; called to the Manitoba bar 1879.
- Counsel for Department of Justice 1879-96.
- Counsel for Province of Manitoba 1900, aided in the drafting of the Manitoba Liquor Act.
- First president of the Canadian Bar Association 1914-29 and President of the Manitoba Bar Association.
- Director of Manitoba Agricultural College.
- Elected as Conservative MP for Brandon 1911 but resigned to lead the provincial Conservative party in the election of 1915 when his party was defeated.
- Widely credited as a brilliant and witty speaker, he was also said to be one of the province’s finest marksmen.
- Knighted in 1914.