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Hon. Samuel Prowse (1835-1902) was a merchant and politician from Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island, Canada. He was a member of the PEI Legislative Assembly from 1867-1889. He was appointed to the Canadian Senate by Sir John A. MacDonald in 1889, where he served for 12 years until his death in 1902.
Samuel Prowse was born on or about August 28, 1835 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. He was the son of William Prowse and Agnes Rider, who emigrated from Devon, England between 1824 and 1828. Samuel was educated in Charlottetown.
On October 17, 1856, Samuel married Eliza Elizabeth Willis in Charlottetown. They had two children in Charlottetown, Frederick in 1857 and Albert in 1858. In 1859, the family moved to Murray Harbour, PEI, where Samuel went into business. Samuel’s wife, Eliza, died soon 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. 
In 1875, Samuel had a substantial home constructed in Murray Harbour. It was built in the Second Empire style which was popular at the time. This house remains a prominent landmark in the village of Murray Harbour, and has been identified as one of Canada's Historic Places.
|Samuel Prowse House.|
Samuel had started a business in Charlottetown with his brother (which brother? - Cooper-7647 16:37, 28 June 2014 (EDT)), but moved to Murray Harbour as he saw an opportunity to make money in the fishery. In Murray Harbour, Samuel became a successful merchant, along with his fishing, farming, shipping and cabinetmaking enterprises. His son, Albert, became a partner in the business, Prowse & Son, around 1879. On January 1, 1884, his son 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.
Samuel was active in the Lobster Packers and Fishermen association. At a meeting on December 31, 1890, Hon. Senator Prowse was thanked for his “services in the interest of the packers and lobster fishermen of this Province in presenting our case to the Department at Ottawa, working indefatigably to have the Government recognize the reasonable demands of the packers and fishermen.” 
In addition to his business ventures, Samuel was a Director of the Merchants' Bank of Prince Edward Island. In 1900, he owned 209 shares in the Bank, worth $6,780.88. His wife and sons also owned shares, for a total of 513 shares worth $16,643.94 
In addition to his successful business ventures, Samuel entered politics in 1867, when we was elected as a Conservative to the PEI Legislative Assembly, representing 4th Kings. He was defeated in the 1873 election, then reelected in 1876, 1879, 1882 (defeated in the general election, elected in a bye-election the same year) and 1886. He was a Member of the Executive Council (Minister without Portfolio) from 1876 to 1878, and again from 1879 to 1889.Samuel's son Albert followed in his father's footsteps and also represented 4th Kings in the Legislative Assembly.
Samuel died on January 14, 1902 and was buried in the Murray Harbour Old Cemetery.
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