William Pearce Howland

William Pearce Howland

Sir William Pearce Howland, PC, KCMG, CB (May 29, 1811 – 1 January1907), served as the second Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, from 1868 to 1873. He was one of the Fathers of Confederation.

Born in 1811 in Pawling, New York, William Howland was educated at Kinderhook Academy. In 1830 he settled in Cooksville, Upper Canada, and became a naturalized British subject in 1841. He operated Lambton Mills and later a grocery business in Toronto. In 1857, Howland became Member of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada, and later served in the cabinet as Minister of Finance, Receiver General, Postmaster General and Minister of Finance. He became a Member of Parliament in 1867 and was Minister of Inland Revenue from 1867 to 1868. Howland was appointed Ontario's second Lieutenant Governor in 1868 and served until 1873. He was knighted in 1879 and died in Toronto in 1907. He was buried in St. James Cemetery.

His sons, William Holmes Howland and Oliver Aiken Howland, served as mayors of Toronto.

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NAME = Howland, William Pearce
SHORT DESCRIPTION = Father of Confederation of Canada, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
DATE OF BIRTH = May 29, 1811
PLACE OF BIRTH = Pawling, New York, United States
DATE OF DEATH = 1 January1907
PLACE OF DEATH = Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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