William Joseph Browne

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The Hon.
William Joseph Browne
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for St. John's West
In office
Preceded by District was created in 1949
Succeeded by James Augustine Power
In office
Preceded by James Augustine Power
Succeeded by Richard Cashin
Personal details
Born (1897-05-03)May 3, 1897
St. John's, Newfoundland
Died January 10, 1989(1989-01-10) (aged 91)
Political party Progressive Conservative
Cabinet Minister Without Portfolio (1957-1960)
Solicitor General of Canada (1960-1962)

William Joseph Browne, PC (May 3, 1897 – January 10, 1989) was a Canadian politician.

Born in St. John's, Newfoundland, he was a Member of the last Newfoundland House of Assembly in 1933 and a cabinet minister in the government of Frederick C. Alderdice when the Commission of Government took over governing Newfoundland.

In 1949, he was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the riding of St. John's West. A Progressive Conservative, he was defeated in the 1953 federal election. He was elected again to the House of Assembly in 1954. He was re-elected to the House of Commons in the 1957 and 1958 elections. He was defeated in the 1962 election and again in the 1965 election. From 1957 to 1960, he was a Minister without Portfolio in the cabinet of John Diefenbaker. From 1960 to 1962, he was the Solicitor General of Canada.

In 1981, he published his biography, Eighty-four years a Newfoundlander: Memoirs of William J. Browne (ISBN 0-9690979-0-5).


  • "William Browne Newfoundland politician opposed Confederation". The Globe and Mail. January 11, 1989. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Léon Balcer
Solicitor General of Canada
Succeeded by
John Watson MacNaught