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


Born at Barrie, Ontario in 1889, 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 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, he 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, then Canada - A Nation And How It Came To Be (1948, with James W. Chafe), 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 John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 October 2018

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