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Memorable Manitobans: Arthur Reginald Marsden Lower (1889-1988)


Born in Barrie, Ontario, he was educated at University College, University of Toronto, and then worked in the North until he enlisted in the Royal Navy during the First World War. He received his PhD from Harvard in 1929 and began his teaching career at Wesley College in Winnipeg the same year, serving until 1949. He then took up an appointment at Queen’s University, from which he retired in 1959.

While in Winnipeg, Lower was an active opponent of Canadian isolation from affairs in Europe. He was president of the Canadian Historical Association in 1943. Although specializing in the history of lumbering in early Canada, Lower was best known for his textbooks. Colony to Nation first appeared in 1946, followed by his pioneer social history, Canadians in the Making, in 1958. His autobiography, My First Seventy-Five Years, was published in 1967. He was given an honorary doctorate by the University of Manitoba in 1962.

He died at Kingston, Ontario on 7 January 1988.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 April 2012

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