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Memorable Manitobans: John Lowe (1824-1913)

Farm developer.

Born in Warrington, England, he came to Montreal in 1841. By the late 1840s he was a journalist. In 1870 his printing and publishing firm went into bankruptcy, and he entered the Canadian civil service as temporary secretary at the Department of Agriculture, a post made permanent in 1873. Lowe used his departmental connections to accumulate land in Manitoba. By 1879 he held 16 square miles around Lowe Farm. Attempts to make the farm profitable were expensive, but failed. After 1895, when Lowe was retired against his will, he was still trying to make a go of the farm. He died in Ottawa. See his The Lowe Farm Hydraulic-Colonization Syndicate (1891).

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Lowe Farm Monument (RM of Morris)

John Lowe, Dictionary of Canadian Biography XIV, 666-68.

Sources:

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 November 2011

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