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Dictionary of Miramichi Biography

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WINSLOW, WARREN COPLEY (1861-1910)

WINSLOW, WARREN COPLEY, lawyer; mayor of Chatham, 1897-1900; b. Chatham, 6 Jan 1861 (bap. 1 Mar 1861), s/o Francis Edward Winslow and Constance Mary Hansard; m. 1885, Mary Josephine Carvill, of Saint John; d. Chatham, 25 Dec 1910.

Warren C. Winslow studied law with Weldon & McLean in Saint John and attended the Harvard Law School (1880-81). Called to the bar in 1882, he practiced for approximately two years in Saint John and then opened an office in Chatham. In 1886 he was named a referee in equity. He was a solicitor for the Bank of Montreal, and throughout much of his career he represented the federal minister of justice in Northumberland County in respect to Indian lands and the expropriation of land for the Intercolonial Railway, in particular. A lawyer of "much acumen," he was financially successful and was appointed KC.

Winslow held office for three years as Chatham's second mayor and was deeply involved in Liberal party politics. In 1896 he championed and wrote editorials for the short-lived Chatham Herald, a Liberal paper published by James A. Stewart. He served a term as president of the County Liberal Association and was an unsuccessful candidate for the party in the provincial election of 1908.

Winslow, who adopted the Catholic religion at the time of his marriage, played a leadership role in the Knights of Columbus in Chatham, and when plans were being made in 1902 to build St Michael's Cathedral he was elected president of the committee responsible for the project. His wife, Mary J. Carvill, was also much involved in church affairs and served a term as provincial president of the ladies' auxiliary of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. They had six children, including a daughter, Sister Mary Winslow, RN, BSc, of the Religious Hospitallers of St Joseph, who was director of the nursing school at the Hotel Dieu Hospital for some years. Her death occurred in Chatham in 1981, at age ninety-three.

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[b] census [m] World 7 Feb 1885 [d] Advocate 27 Dec 1910 / Advance 1 Jan 1903; Fraser (C); Leader 9 Nov 1906, 30 Dec 1910; NB Elections; News 13 May 1981; World 18 Sep 1886, 28 Dec 1910


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