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Memorable Manitobans: James Harrower (1833-1892)

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James Harrower
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MLA (1888-1892).

Born in Sherbrooke, Lanark County, Ontario on 13 March 1833, his father came from Invernesshire, Scotland, and his grandfather had served as a soldier in the American Revolution. He was educated in Warwick. From 1858 to 1861 he worked in the Lake Superior copper mines. He moved to Oregon and later to Vancouver Island.

He married Mary Ann Smith (1835-1914, daughter of William Smith of Warwick Township, Canada West) and they had at least seven children: William Harrower (1856-?), Andrew Harrower (1858-?), Sarah Harrower (1859-?, wife of Peter R. Lamb), John D. Harrower (1861-?), Mary Helen Harrower (1871-?, wife of Robert Craik), Rachel Ann Harrower (1873-?, wife of Alexander Menzies), and Margaret Eliza Harrower (?-?, wife of John Donald Mcdonald). In 1880, the family settled in the Parish of St. Paul near Winnipeg. He was a Councillor in St. Paul until 1884. In that year he moved to Strathclair. He was MLA for Shoal Lake from 1888 to 1891.

He died at Winnipeg on 18 December 1892 and was buried in the Kildonan Presbyterian Cemetery.


1881 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Came by ox team,” Manitoba Free Press, 16 February 1914, page 3.

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 January 2021

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