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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Newton Lowery (1882-1962)

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Robert Newton Lowery
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Real estate agent, building contractor, MLA (1916-1920).

Born at Detroit, Michigan on 13 July 1882, son of Edward Lowery and Christina Elizabeth Maguire (c1858-1890), he came to Winnipeg in 1883 and was educated at public schools. He then commenced a career as a Canadian Pacific Railway employee, later an accountant with George Peck & Company, from 1901 to 1904. By 1911, he was Manager of the real estate firm of Lowery Brothers, situated at 925 Main Street, Winnipeg. He later worked as a building contractor, retiring from business in 1959.

On 29 September 1908, he married Gertrude Margaret Bowman at Winnipeg. They had three children: Gertrude Maude Lowery, Dorothy Margaret Lowery, and Robert Newton Lowery Jr.. He was a member of the Canadian Club, AF & AM (King Edward Lodge), and John Black Memorial United Church. He was interested in all outdoor sports. In 1915, he was elected to the Manitoba Legislature for the Winnipeg North constituency. He was defeated in the general election of 1920.

He died at Winnipeg on 27 April 1962 and was buried in the Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens. At the time of his death, he lived at 734 Kildonan Drive, Winnipeg.

Sources:

Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1917.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 28 April 1927, page 49.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 October 2015

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