Joseph E. Woodworth

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Joseph E. Woodworth
Representative for Brandon in Legislative Assembly of Manitoba
In office
Personal details
Born 1837
Kings County, Nova Scotia
Died 1889
Georgia, USA
Political party Conservative
Profession merchant

Joseph E. Woodworth (1837-1889) was a ship builder, merchant, and member of the Woodworth political family.


Joseph was born in 1837 in Nova Scotia, the son of Benjamin B. Woodworth, a Justice of the Peace and important business figure in Kings County, as well as a United Empire Loyalist. He was the brother of Douglas Benjamin Woodworth.[1]

He was educated in Kings County, and began a career as a shipbuilder, constructing the largest vessels in the county at that time.[1] Woodworth eventually moved west, becoming a pioneer of Manitoba after settling in Brandon.[2] There he began a career as a merchant and real-estate broker.[3]

In 1883, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, representing Brandon in the 5th Legislature.[4] He won that election with 57% of the vote.[5]

Marriage and children[edit]

Joseph married Nancy Cox, daughter of Joseph Cox and Mary Bigelow, and had two children:[6]

  • Abel Woodworth, who became a lawyer in New York City
  • Benjamin F. Woodworth, who moved to New York City


The rural municipality of Woodworth is named after Joseph.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Family Sketches", History of Kings County, Nova Scotia, p. 879, Retrieved 9 oct 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Joseph Edward Woodworth", Manitoba Historical Society, Retrieved 9 oct 2009.
  3. ^ "Manitoba", Canadian Parliament companion, p. 311, Retrieved 9 oct 2009.
  4. ^ "Members of the Fifth...", The Manitoba Historical Society, Retrieved 9 oct 2009.
  5. ^ "Manitoba", The Dominion Annual Register and review, p. 427, Retrieved 9 oct 2009.
  6. ^ "The Cox Family in America", p. 81, Retrieved 9 oct 2009.