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Howe, Joseph

Born: 1804 AD
Died: 1873 AD, at 68 years of age.

Nationality: Canadian
Categories: Authors, Editors, Politician


1804 - Born on the 13th of December.

1828 - Howe purchased the Novascotian, a local Halifax newspaper and went into the printing business for himself.

         - He married Catherine Ann Susan McNab on the 2nd of February.

1836 - He was first elected, campaigning on a platform of support for responsible government.

1840 - He formed a coalition with Conservative leader James William Johnston, hoping to further the cause of responsible government.

1841 - Howe acted as its editor, turning the paper into the most influential in the province.

         - He held the office of Speaker of the assembly.

1842 - Collector of excise for Halifax.

1843 - Howe's resignation from the Council.

1844-1846 - He assumed the editorships of both the Novascotian and the Morning Chronicle, making them rallying points for liberal principles.

1853 - He also began a campaign of railway construction, resigning as Provincial Secretary to become Nova Scotia's first Chief Commissioner of Railways; as Commissioner he oversaw the initial construction of the Nova Scotia Railway.

1868 - Having failed to win repeal of Confederation Howe recognized the futility of further protests.

1869 - He was persuaded to join the Canadian Cabinet as President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada after receiving a promise of "better terms" for Nova Scotia.

         - In November, he became secretary of state for the provinces in which post he played a role in Manitoba's entry into Confederation.

1873 - He resigned his Cabinet post to become lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia.

         - Died on the 1st of June in Camp Hill Cemetery in Halifax.


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