Byrnes, John Duncan, 1869-1935

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Byrnes, John Duncan, 1869-1935

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John Duncan Byrnes (1869-1935) was a Presbyterian/United Church minister and administrator. He was born in Cumberland, Ontario, and educated at Queen's University (B.A. 1898, D.D. 1901). He was ordained in 1901 and served in Presbyterian churches in northern Ontario, including Gore Bay and Cobalt. He was Superintendent of Home Missions for Northern Ontario from 1910 until his retirement in 1929. In this capacity he was anxious to bring religious and social services to the new Canadians of 'New' Ontario, the Finns, Russians, Italians and other European immigrants who worked the mines and built the railways of the region.


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