William R. Howson
William Robinson Howson
|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta|
June 19, 1930 – 1936
|Preceded by||David Duggan, Charles Gibbs, John Lymburn, Warren Prevey and Charles Weaver|
|Succeeded by||Walter Morrish|
|Leader of the Alberta Liberal Party|
1932 – March 2, 1936
|Preceded by||George Webster|
|Succeeded by||Edward Gray|
|Born||March 6, 1883|
|Died||June 25, 1952(aged 69)|
|Occupation||politician, judge, debt collector, soldier banker and real estate agent|
|Branch/service||Royal Canadian Army|
|Years of service||1916–1918|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
William Robinson Howson (March 6, 1883 – June 25, 1952) was a politician, judge, debt collector, soldier banker and real estate agent from Alberta, Canada.. He served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1930 to 1936 sitting with the Liberal caucus in opposition. He led the caucus and the party from 1932 to 1936.
William Robinson Howson was born in Norwood, Ontario on March 6, 1883. He worked as a high school teacher in Mathers Corners and in 1906 became a bank manager for the Sovereign Bank of Stirling, and in 1908, the Bank of Montreal.
He moved to Alberta in 1910 and settled eventually settled in Edmonton after stints as a bill collector in Sedgewick, Alberta and as a real estate agent in Calgary. He attended the University of Alberta, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1915 and a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1916, where he was awarded the Gold Medal in Law upon graduation. He was admitted to the Law Society of Alberta on January 11, 1916.
Howson ran for a seat to the Alberta legislature in the 1930 Alberta provincial election. He stood as a Liberal candidate in the Edmonton electoral district. He won the fourth place seat out of seven to earn his first term in the Legislature.
Howson became leader of the Alberta Liberal Party in 1932 and led it in the 1935 provincial election. The Liberal party despite having success prior to the election enticing two members to cross the floor ended up losing seven seats but keeping official opposition status. Howson held his seat finishing in the top three seats after obtaining the vote threshold on the first count.
Howson was appointed by the federal Liberal government to sit on the Alberta Supreme Court Trial Division in 1936, the Appellate Division in 1942, and became chief justice of the trial division in 1944 serving until his death in 1952. He presided over German prisoner of war trials in Medicine Hat.
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- Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie by City of Edmonton, Merrily K. Aubrey, Edmonton (Alta.), Published 2004 University of Alberta, page 151, "Howson Crescent"
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- "Liberal Leader Now Mr. Justice Howson". Vol XXIX No 252. The Lethbridge Herald. March 3, 1936. pp. 1–2.
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