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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Howard (1845-1903)

MLA (1871-1874), MLA (1875-1878).

Born at Kingston, Canada West (now Ontario), son of Dr. Henry and Charlotte Alicia Howard, brother of R. M. Howard, he was educated in Montreal, and came to Manitoba with the Red River Expeditionary Force under Colonel Garnet Wolseley in 1869, with the rank of Captain and Paymaster. He remained in Manitoba, and became actively engaged in the public life of the Settlement.

He was elected to represent the Constituency of St. Peters in the first general election, was appointed Minister of Agriculture in 1871, and held the positions of Minister of Public Works, Provincial Secretary and Provincial Treasurer. He was re-elected in 1874 to represent the Constituency of St. Clement’s and sat as a private member until 1878. He was Secretary of the Board of Health for Manitoba and the North-West Territories, was a director of the Manitoba and Northwestern Railway, and a charter member of the Manitoba Club. In 1873, he was one of the founders of the Winnipeg Board of Trade.

In 1903, Howard was murdered while on a visit to San Francisco, California. He is commemorated by Howard Avenue in Winnipeg.


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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 April 2012

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