Biography of James Conkey McKendry, of Fargo, North Dakota

James Conkey McKendry (1854-unknown) was a Scottish-born Fargo resident who made significant contributions to education and public service. After farming in North Dakota, he entered the grain business in Fargo and served on the Board of Education, improving school infrastructure. Additionally, he held a position on Governor Roger Allen’s staff and was an active member of various Masonic bodies. He married Jennie R., the daughter of Senator A. Hutchinson, in Gaines, New York.

James Conkey McKendry, of Fargo, North Dakota, was born on May 13, 1854, in Newton Stewart, Scotland. His parents, Thomas and Ann (Agnew) McKendry were both natives of Scotland. The family immigrated to Carlton, Orleans County, New York, when James was six months old.

He received his education in the district schools, as well as at Albion Academy and Brockport Normal and Training School. After completing his studies, he worked on his father’s farm. In November 1881, he moved to North Dakota and farmed in Cass County for several years. He later ventured into the grain, flour, and feed business in Fargo.

Mr. McKendry served for ten years as a member of the Board of Education for the city of Fargo. During his tenure, significant progress was made in terms of improving school buildings and acquiring necessary resources, which contributed to the high standard of education in Fargo today. He also served as an aide-de-camp with the rank of colonel on the staff of Governor Roger Allen. Additionally, Mr. McKendry is an active member of all Masonic bodies and the Masonic Club.

He married Miss Jennie R., the second daughter of Senator A. Hutchinson, in Gaines, New York.


C.F. Cooper & Company, History of the Red River Valley, Past And Present: Including an Account of the Counties, Cities, Towns And Villages of the Valley From the Time of Their First Settlement And Formation, volumes 1-2; Grand Forks: Herald printing company, 1909.

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