Hon. Albert Perkins Prowse (1858-1925) was a merchant and politician from Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island, Canada. He was the son of Samuel Prowse (1835-1902), who was a Canadian Senator.
Albert was born on December 24, 1858, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. He was the 2nd child of Samuel Prowse and Eliza Willis. He had an older brother, Frederick. Soon after Albert’s birth, the family moved to Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island, where Samuel went into business. Albert’s mother died after giving birth to a baby girl, Eliza Elizabeth, in Feb 1860. Tragically, the baby only lived for a few months, and Frederick died a couple of years later Samuel Prowse married his late wife’s older sister, Louisa Willis. They went on to have two more children, William H. Prowse and Samuel Willis Prowse.
Albert attended school in Murray Harbour, and then went to Wesleyan Academy in Charlottetown from 1870-1872. Following his studies, he returned to Murray Harbour to enter into business with his father.
On November 29, 1881, Albert married Wilhelmina (Minnie) Kirkland at her parents’ home in Kingston (now Rexton), Kings, New Brunswick. The couple settled in Murray Harbour, where they had a 11 children over the next 21 years, two of who died in childhood. Their youngest child, Ada Louise, was born in 1903.
Albert and Minnie raised their children in the large family home that Samuel had built in the mid 1870s. This house remains a prominent landmark in the village of Murray Harbour, and was identified as one of Canada's Historic Places.
Albert became a partner in his father’s business around 1879, then known as Prowse & Son. In 1884, his half-brother William joined the partnership, which then became known as Prowse & Sons. In addition to a General Store, Prowse & Sons exported dried fish, canned lobster and agricultural produce. The business included a starch factory, using local potatoes to produce starch, a lumberyard and a cannery, where employees made cans throughout the winter for use during the next canning season.
Following Samuel Prowse’s death in 1902, William sold his share in the business to Albert, who continued the business alone under the same name
In 1900, Albert and Minnie went on a buying trip to London and Paris, and kept a diary, the transcript of which can be read here. During this trip, he visited the Paris Exposition, and had this to say about the Canada pavilion:
Along with following his father into business, Albert also followed his father into politics. A Conservative, he first ran for the Prince Edward Island Legislative Assembly in 1897, where he was defeated. He was subsequently elected in 1899 in 4th Kings, the riding his father Samuel had held between 1876 and 1889, before being called to the Canadian Senate. Albert held the seat from 1899 to 1900, from 1904 to 1919 and from 1923 until his death in 1925. He was Speaker of the Legislative Assembly from 1918 to 1919
A lifelong Methodist, Albert was very active in his church, and had strong views about what constituted proper behaviour. In the diary of the passage from Canada to England during his trip in 1900, he writes the following:
Albert died on Saturday, June 20, 1925, and his obituary was on the front page of the local newspaper the following Monday. His funeral was held on June 22, 1925 in Murray Harbour, and was “one of the largest attended funerals in the community for a number of years, and revealed the large number of friends which the deceased had in the community and other parts of the Province”.  Albert was buried in the Murray Harbour Cemetery
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