Memorable Manitobans: Alfred Joseph Andrews (1865-1950)
Lawyer, politician, Mayor of Winnipeg (1898-1899).
Born at Franklin Centre, Quebec on 24 April 1865, cousin of William Thomas Andrews, brother of Fletcher S. Andrews, and uncle of Gerald Smedley Andrews, he was educated at Galt Collegiate Institute. He came to Winnipeg in 1880. As a law student, he articled to Attorney-General David Marr Walker. He interrupted his studies to serve, in 1885, in the North West Rebellion under Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Scott.
He was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1886 and formed a law firm with F. B. Robertson and Colin H. Campbell. He left the firm in 1898 when he was elected Mayor of Winnipeg, having served as a city alderman for four years before his election. His age (32) and boyish appearance earned him the nickname “the boy mayor.” He continued to practice law after his term ended. In 1911, he was a Barrister with the firm of Andrews, Andrews, Burbidge & Bastedo, located in the Aikins Building, Winnipeg. He was a Conservative candidate in the 1899, 1910, and 1914 provincial general elections. He served as President of the Law Society of Manitoba from 1922 to 1925.
On 12 August 1889, he married Maude Galbraith Watson (1871-1951) of Winnipeg, a daughter of William Wallace Watson. They had four daughters. He was a member of the Manitoba Club, Carleton Club, St. Charles Country Club, Conservative party, and Methodist church. His recreations included golf and riding. His home at 749 Wellington Crescent, where he lived from 1905 to 1950, was designed by architect George Browne.
He died at his Wellington Crescent home on 31 January 1950 and was buried in St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery. He is commemorated by Andrews Street in Winnipeg.
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We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 21 March 2023