The Honourable Sir William P. Howland

2nd Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
July 14, 1868 to November 12, 1873

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 naturalized British subject in 1841. He operated Lambton Mills and later a grocery business in Toronto. In 1857, Mr. 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, and Postmaster General. After Confederation, he became an MP in 1867, and was Minister of Inland Revenue from 1867 to 1868. Mr. Howland was appointed Ontario’s second Lieutenant Governor in 1868 and served until 1873. He was knighted in 1879, and died in Toronto in 1907.​​