William R. Howson


William R. Howson

William Robinson Howson (March 6, 1883 - June 15, 1952) was an Alberta politician and jurist. Born in Ontario he worked as a school teacher and bank manager [http://www.uofaweb.ualberta.ca/publicaffairs/pdf/UofAFinalReport.pdf Historical and Architectural Assessment of the Houses in East Campus Village, University of Alberta] by David Murray, Ken Tingley and Don Luxton, September 2003, page 64, accessed April 1, 2008] before he moved to Alberta in 1910 and settled in Edmonton where he attended the University of Alberta. He was elected to the Alberta legislature in the 1930 provincial election as one of the MLAs for Edmonton, a multi-member constituency. He became leader of the Alberta Liberal Party in 1932 and led it in the 1935 provincial election in which the governing United Farmers of Alberta were completely wiped out and replaced as government by a brand new party, the Alberta Social Credit League led by evangelist William Aberhart. Howson retained his seat but the Liberal Party was reduced to 5 seats down from 11 in the face of the Social Credit landslide.

Howson was appointed by the federal Liberal government to sit on the Alberta Supreme Court in 1936 and became chief justice in 1944 [http://books.google.ca/books?id=JWWo___pkQUC&pg=PA151&lpg=PA151&dq=william+robinson+howson&source=web&ots=wvtUjxQ1pk&sig=T95ip8baC54eUC1BuvQOxxanwQc&hl=en Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie] by City of Edmonton, Merrily K. Aubrey, Edmonton (Alta.), Published 2004 University of Alberta, page 151, "Howson Crescent"] serving until his death in 1952. [Tom Barrett [http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/story.html?id=7868acdd-5616-41ea-a7b7-752283a4c3b8&p=3 "Independence crucial to a democratic society"] , "Edmonton Journal", August 27, 2007, accessed April 1, 2008]

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