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Memorable Manitobans: William Boston Towers (1854-1922)


Born at St. Catharines, Ontario on 31 May 1854, son of Thomas and Louisa Towers, he was educated the College Institutes of St. Catharine’s and Hamilton, Ontario. In 1882 he opened a law office, working there for 23 years and serving for eight years as solicitor for the Niagara Central Railway Company. He served as a St. Catharines city alderman for six years and was a member of the 13th Battalion at Hamilton for three years. In 1905, he came to Winnipeg and continued his law practice as a barrister with the firm of Dubuc & Towers, situated at 216 Portage Avenue.

He was a member of the Masons, St. Catharine’s Club (president), Athletic Lacrosse Club (secretary), and Winnipeg Lawn Tennis Club. In 1911, he lived at 41 Cornish Avenue, Armstrong’s Point, Winnipeg.

He died at Kenora, Ontario on 1 June 1922. He was buried in Victoria Lawn Cemetery at St. Catharines, Ontario.


Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

We thank David L. Towers for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 July 2016

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