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.