MacMillan, Cyrus, 1880-1953

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MacMillan, Cyrus, 1880-1953

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English professor, author and politician, Cyrus MacMillan was born in Prince Edward Island and earned his B.A. (1900) and M.A. (1903) from McGill. After receiving his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1909, he returned to McGill as a Lecturer in English. MacMillan served in the First World War with the 7th Canadian Siege Battery, which he helped to organize. In 1919, he was promoted to Associate Professor, and in 1923 became Chairman of the English Department. From 1940 until 1947 he served as the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science. During this period, MacMillan pursued a second career as a politician. He was Federal Minister of Fisheries in 1930, and federal M.P. for Queen's (P.E.I.) from 1940 to 1945. A prolific writer, he published a history of McGill as well as volumes of Canadian folktales and studies of Canadian literature. After 1945 he was chief editorial writer for the Charlottetown Patriot. MacMillan passed away in 1953.


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