Mount Sir Mackenzie Bowell

British Columbia. Mount
Headwaters of Tête Creek, Premier Range
52.8331 N 119.7311 W — Map 083D13 — GoogleGeoHack
Name officially adopted in 1927
Official in BCCanada
Bowell in 1891

Bowell in 1891

This Premier Range peak is named for Mackenzie Bowell (1823-1917), who was prime minister of Canada from 1894 to 1896.

Bowell was born in Suffolk, England, and came to Upper Canada with his parents in 1833. Elected to the House of Commons as a Conservative in 1867, he acted as spokesman for the Orange Order, of which he was grand master. He was minister of customs in Sir John A. Macdonald’s cabinet in 1878-9, minister of militia in the ministry of Sir John Abbott in 1891-2, and then minister of trade and commerce under Sir John Thompson.

He became prime minister on Thompson’s death in 1894. In 1896, seven of his ministers resigned over his handling of the Manitoba school crisis. Bowell saved face by turning power over to Charles Tupper, High Commissioner to Great Britian. Bowell resigned a few months later. He was appointed to the senate in 1892.


  • Story, Norah. The Oxford Companion to Canadian History and Literature. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1967
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