Biography of McClung, Nellie L., 1873-1951

Nellie Letitia McClung (1873-1951) came to Manitoba from Ontario in 1880. At the age of sixteen she received a teaching certificate. She taught until she married in 1896. She became active in the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union and in 1908 published her first novel Sowing Seeds in Danny, which was a best seller. She continued to write articles and short stories for magazines. After moving from Manitou to Winnipeg in 1911, she became involved in the women’s suffrage movement, although she moved to Edmonton in 1915. There she continued her fight for the vote, as well as for other reforms, such as prohibition and factory safety legislation. From 1922 to 1926, she was a Liberal MLA for Edmonton.

Mentioned in:


  1. Report of the Literature Committee, Political Equality League, 18 November 1913
  2. Minutes, Women's Christian Temperance Union, 24 May 1916, excerpt, p.91


  1. Nellie McClung “The Heroine of the Campaign”
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