Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Edward Woodworth (1837-1889)
Merchant, MLA (1883-1886).
Born at Cornwallis, Nova Scotia on 26 April 1837, son of B. B. Woodworth of Canning, Nova Scotia, a United Empire Loyalist, he was educated there. He was a ship builder in Nova Scotia but on settling near Brandon in 1878 he became a merchant and real estate broker. In 1883, he was a member of the Provisional Board of Governors for the Brandon General Hospital. Elected as a Conservative for the Brandon constituency in the 1883 provincial general election, he served in the Legislature until 1886 and did not seek re-election in the 1886 campaign.
After leaving politics, he moved to the new town of Deloraine where he was a prominent businessman, building the area's second grain elevator. He served on a committee to find a reliable source of water for the town. He later returned to Nova Scotia then went to Georgia in June 1889 to supervise the construction of wharves.
On 3 April 1859, he married Nancy W. Cox (?-?) and they had two sons.
He drowned near Brunswick, Georgia on 26 October 1889. He was commemorated by the Rural Municipality of Woodworth.
“Mr. Woodworth’s drowning,” Manitoba Free Press, 9 November 1889, page 1.
Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.
Members of the Legislative Assembly (deceased), Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.
We thank Janice McClelland for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 2 April 2023