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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Dorwick Brown (1875-1931)

Educator, lawyer, editor.

Born at Port Hope, Ontario on 27 January 1875, son of John Brown (1930-?) and Elizabeth Jane Dowrick (c1837-1899), he attended grade education in Ontario before accompanying his parents to Killarney in 1889. He graduated from Wesley College (BA, 1900) in Winnipeg and attained a first-class teaching certificate. He was Principal of Clearwater School (1900-1901) and Oakwood School (1902) after which he moved to Saskatchewan. He first resided at Moosomin, was called to the Bar (1905) of the North-West Territories, and worked for James Thomas Brown until he moved to Regina in 1907. Next, he worked for the legal partnerships of Balfour, Martin, Casey and Brown and later was a senior partner of Brown, Thomson, McLean and Davidson. He also served as the first Examiner of the Law Society of Saskatchewan (1907-1912), Dean of the Regina Law School (1913), Senate member of the University of Saskatchewan (1916-?), and Associate Editor (1911-1920) for the Western Weekly Reports (Saskatchewan). On 18 August 1909, he married Eva Jane “Evelyn” Roberts (1885-?) at Cobourg, Ontario. He died at Regina on 5 January 1931.

Sources:

1891 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

1901 & 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

Death registrations [Elizabeth Jane Brown], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“University Senate,” Winnipeg Tribune, 2 October 1907, page 7.

“Picked up in passing [T. D. Brown, K.C.],” Lethbridge Daily Herald, 16 June 1916, page 4.

Thomas Dowrick Brown, Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 1 January 2019

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