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Memorable Manitobans: Rice Meredith Howard (c1849-1887)

Lawyer, civil servant.

Born at Montreal, Quebec around 1849, the son of Dr. Henry and Charlotte Alicia Howard, brother of Thomas Howard, he was educated in Montreal, married, and had four children. He came to Manitoba in 1871 and was admitted to the practice of law here. He was the first registrar for the County of Marquette. Later he returned to Winnipeg and entered into law partnership with J. M. MacDonnell. In 1877, he was a member of the First Convocation of the University of Manitoba. Two years later, he was appointed Clerk of the Executive Council. At the time of his death Howard was Inspector of Registry Offices and County Courts in the Province of Manitoba. He was a founding member of the Manitoba Historical Society. He died at Winnipeg on 17 January 1887, shortly after returning from an inspection tour at Russell and Birtle. He was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.


“A sudden death,” Manitoba Free Press, 18 January 1887, page 4.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 May 2020

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