Oliver Aiken Howland

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Oliver Howland
31st Mayor of Toronto
In office
Preceded byErnest A. Macdonald
Succeeded byThomas Urquhart
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded byRiding established
Succeeded byJames Joseph Foy
ConstituencyToronto South
Personal details
Born(1847-04-18)April 18, 1847
Lambton Mills, Canada West (Etobicoke)
DiedMarch 9, 1905(1905-03-09) (aged 57)
Political partyConservative
RelationsWilliam Holmes Howland, brother
Alma materUniversity of Toronto

Oliver Aiken Howland, CMG KC (April 18, 1847 – March 9, 1905) was a Toronto lawyer and political figure. He represented Toronto South in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1894 to 1898 and was mayor of Toronto from 1901 to 1902.

He was born in Lambton Mills, Canada West (later Etobicoke) in 1847, the son of Sir William Pearce Howland, and was educated at Upper Canada College and the University of Toronto. He studied law with Matthew Crooks Cameron, was called to the bar in 1875 and set up practice in Toronto. Howland was later named King's Counsel. He was a vice-president of the Canadian Bar Association and served on the council of the Canadian Institute from 1894 to 1895. Howland was president of the Internal Deep Waterways Association and chairman of the Canadian branch of the International Commission on Deep Water Ways. He was also a director of Bishop Ridley College. He was also a member of the Orange Order in Canada.

Howland was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) during the visit to Toronto of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (later King George V and Queen Mary) in October 1901.[1]

His older brother William Holmes Howland also served as 25th Mayor of Toronto a decade and a half earlier.


  1. ^ "No. 27364". The London Gazette. 11 October 1901. p. 6641.