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44   MEN OF' CANADA,

SIR WILLIAM PEARCE HOW-
LAND, C.B., K.C.M.G., To-
ronto, is of English descent, his
American progenitor being one John
Howland, a Quaker, who emigrated
with the band of pilgrims who landed
on " the bleak New England shores "
in 162o. He is a native of Duchess
county, New York, and was born in the
town of Paulings 29th of May, 1811.
He was educated at the Kinderhook
Academy, and came to Canada in 1830,
settling in the township of Toronto and
engaging in business in partnership
with his brother. In 1840 he purchased
the Lambton Mills, and soon after en-

gaged in the wholesale grocery trade in Toronto. He is now extensively en-gaged in the milling business at several points in the province. Sir William has been an influential member of the Toronto Board of Trade, and its president for several years. He is also president of the Ontario Bank, the Anchor Marine Insurance Company, the London and Canadian Loan and Agency Company, the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and the Confederation Life Association of Canada. He was a member of the executive council, July 1st, 1867, was sworn in one of the Privy Council

and became Minister of In-land Revenue, holding that position until July, 1868, when he was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario. From 1857 to 1868 he represented the constituency of West York. He has at different times been minister of finance, receiver-general, postmaster-general, a member of the Privy Council, a commissioner to visit AVashington, and to the London Conference 1866-67, and in 1873 filled the position of Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario. Her Majesty created him C.B. in July, 1867, and in May, 1879, conferred upon him the order of Knighthood. Sir William has been twice married, first iii 1843 to Mrs. Webb, who died in 1859 ; again in 1866 to the widow of the late Captain Hunt. He is modest and unassuming in disposition, honorable in the highest sense, and possessing the instincts of a true gentleman.

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