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Marcus Anthony Lower (1900–1986)

Mayor of Oxford 1955/6

Marcus Anthony Lower was born at Brighton on 4 February 1900, the son of Andrew George Lower and Eliza Miller, who were married in the Brighton district in 1892.

At the time of the 1901 census Marcus was one year old and living at 101 Brading Road, Brighton with his father Andrew (35), who was a builder, his mother Eliza (35) and his older brother and sister Lilian Hope Lower (7) and Arthur Andrew Lower (6).

Marcus (11) was still in the same house with his parents at the time of the 1911 census, and he then had two more siblings: Eric Leslie Lower (8) and Alan Godfrey Lower (7).

Lower first worked as a clerk in Brighton, and then in 1927 came up to Ruskin College in Oxford, where he served as Secretary of the Workers’ Educational Association.

In the fourth quarter of 1929 in Oxford, Marcus Anthony Lower married Florence Kathleen Coppard. Their only child Alan D. Lower, was born in 1930.

After leaving Ruskin, Marcus Lower lived at 51 Chalfont Road in north Oxford from 1930 to 1933, and then moved to 7 Ramsay Road in Headington, where he spent the rest of his life.

In 1945 he was elected Labour councillor for the Headington and Marston ward, eventually becoming Chairman of the City Labour Group. He was also Chairman of the City Education Committee in 1954–5.

In 1955 Lower was elected Mayor of Oxford (for 1955/6). During his mayoralty, he forged the links with Bonn that led to Oxford’s first twinning, and gave a reception for the Soviet leaders Khrushchev and Bulganin.

He served again as chairman of the Education Committee in 1956–61 and 1966–7.

His wife Florence served as Lord Mayor of Oxford in 1965.

† Marcus Anthony Lower died at 7 Ramsay Road on 14 January 1986 at the age of 85. His effects came to £70,686.

His wife Florence Kathleen Lower died on 21 June 1995, aged almost 90.

See also:

  • Oxford Times, 17 January 1986, p. 16 (obituary)
  • Oxford Times, 25 January 1986, p. 2

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Last updated: 22 October, 2018

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