Cordelia's uncles, the six Workman brothers, were energetic and prosperous Irishmen, well-known in Montreal. Benjamin was a patriarch of the Unitarian Church, first in Montreal and then in Toronto. Alexander was mayor of Ottawa. Joseph, a medical doctor, was the superintendent of the Toronto Asylum and Chairman of the Toronto Board of Education. William was mayor of Montreal, and Thomas–a millionaire–was a federal member of parliament. Corrie's uncle Henry Mulholland (who was married to the only Workman sister, Ann) and Corrie's father Samuel Workman ran the family's thriving hardware business: the Frothingham-Workman company. Corrie grew up surrounded by these educated, influential, wealthy uncles.
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