Oxford History: Mayors & Lord Mayors


Marcus Anthony Lower (1900–1986)

Mayor of Oxford 1955/6

Marcus Anthony Lower was born at Brighton on 4 February 1900. He can be found in the 1901 census at the age of one, living at 101 Brading Road, Brighton with his father Andrew George Lower (35), who was a builder, his mother Eliza (35) and his brother and sister Lilian Hope (7) and Arthur Andrew (6).

They were still in the same house at the time of the 1911 census, when Marcus was a schoolboy of 11. He then had two more siblings: Eric Leslie (8) and Alan Godfrey (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.

After leaving Ruskin, Lower lived at 51 Chalfont Road from 1930 to 1933, and then moved to 7 Ramsay Road in Headington, where he spent the rest of his life. In 1945 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 during

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

Lower died at 7 Ramsay Road on 14 January 1986 at the age of 85. He was survived by his wife Kathleen (who was herself to become Lord Mayor in 1965) and their son.

See also:

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

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Last updated: 19 October, 2016

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