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Memorable Manitobans: John Power Howden (1879-1959)

Physician, MP (1926), MP (1926-1930), MP (1930-1935), MP (1936-1940), MP (1940-1945), Senator.

Born at Perth, Ontario on 5 December 1879, son of Robert Cleghorn Howden (1836-1897) and Mary Martina Nichol (1840-1918), brother of Robert J. Howden, he came to Manitoba at the age of two and attended Winnipeg public schools and the University of Manitoba (MD, 1904), after which he practiced medicine at St. Boniface. He was elected Mayor of St. Boniface (1916-1917) and was a Liberal candidate for St. Boniface in the 1915 and 1920 provincial general elections. He was elected to the House of Commons for St. Boniface in 1925, re-elected in 1926, 1930, 1935, and 1940. He was appointed to the Senate in April 1945. Howden was married twice, first on 7 September 1909 to Ann Maude Dunn (1884-1924) and second on 22 November 1927 to Marie Odile Gladu (1894-1953). He had five sons. He died at Winnipeg on 4 November 1959 and was buried in the St. James Anglican Cemetery.


Death registration [Robert Cleghorn Howden], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Mayor, MP, Senator, Dr. J. P. Howden dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 November 1959, page 45.

The Canadian Directory of Parliament, 1867-1967, edited by J. K. Johnson, Public Archives of Canada, Ottawa [Library and Archives Canada], 1968.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 June 2019

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