William Pearce Howland
Sir William Pearce Howland
|Member of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada for York West|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament
for York West
|Succeeded by||Amos Wright|
|2nd Lieutenant Governor of Ontario|
15 July 1868 – 11 November 1873
|Preceded by||Henry William Stisted|
|Succeeded by||John Willoughby Crawford|
29 May 1811|
Pawling, New York, U.S.
|Died||1 January 1907
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Children||William Holmes Howland
Oliver Aiken Howland
|Cabinet||Minister of Inland Revenue (1867–1868)|
|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 naturalised British subject in 1841. He operated Lambton Mills and later a grocery business in Toronto. In 1857, Howland became a 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. He was created a C.B., 1867. Howland was appointed Ontario's second Lieutenant Governor in 1868 and served until 1873. He was created a K.C.M.G., 1879. He was knighted in 1879 and died in Toronto in 1907. He is buried in Toronto's St. James Cemetery.
Sir William Pearce Howland, then a Minister of the Crown in Canada married Susannah Julia, daughter of Shrewsbury, Esquire, on November 2ist, 1865. She was born in London, England, 4, 1 May 1830, and educated there. She was a widow, who had accompanied her first husband (1850) Philip Hunt, of the Military Store Department, to the Mauritius, and thence to Canada. Lady Howland was presented to Queen Victoria in 1866, on the occasion of the London Conference on Confederation. In 1875, she presented her step-daughter, Miss Howland (later Mrs. R. M. Merritt) to Her Majesty. On leaving Government House, Lord Howland was presented with an address from citizens of Toronto, and Lady Howland was given a gold bracelet, with her initials set in diamonds, and containing a locket with miniature portraits of herself and husband. Lady Howland died in Toronto, February 2ist, 1886, and was buried in St. James's Cemetery.
- Morgan, Henry James Types of Canadian women and of women who are or have been connected with Canada : (Toronto, 1903) 
- "William Pearce Howland". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2005.
- William Pearce Howland – Parliament of Canada biography