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Memorable Manitobans: Benjamin Edward Rothwell (1875-1929)

Lawyer, municipal official.

Born at Trowbridge, Ontario on 26 May 1875, he came to Manitoba in 1899 and enrolled at the University of Manitoba, graduating in 1902 with the Governor General’s Silver Medal in German Literature. He was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1905 and received an MA degree then moved to Swan River where he practiced law and served as Secretary-Treasurer (1909-1912, 1914-1919) and Mayor (1923-1926). He ran unsuccessfully in the 1921 federal election. In April 1927, poor health forced him to retire from active practice and he moved to Victoria, British Columbia. He returned to Winnipeg in April 1928. On 24 March 1909, he married Ada May Steen (?-?) in the RM of North Cypress and they had three children: Florence Isabel Rothwell (1910-?), Benjamin Bruce Rothwell (1911-?), and Dora Rothwell (?-?). He died at his St. James home, 343 Winchester Street, on 26 May 1929 and was buried in the Swan River Cemetery.


Birth, marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“B. E. Rothwell, barrister here for years, dead,” Winnipeg Tribune, 28 May 1929, page 7.

We thank Nonni Jonsson and Glen McKenzie for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 January 2019

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