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HOWLAN, George William, Canadian statesman, born in Waterford, Ireland, 19 May, 1835. He emigrated to Prince Edward Island in 1839, was educated at the Central academy there, and became a merchant and ship owner, engaging largely in the fish trade. He was a member of the executive council of Prince Edward Island in 1866, and remained a member of the government (part of the time as co-leader) almost uninterruptedly till June, 1873. He was a delegate to Washington on matters relating to trade in 1869, and to Ottawa in May, 1873, to settle terms of union with Canada, which terms were unanimously adopted by both houses of the provincial legislature. He was in the provincial assembly from 1862 till June, 1873, when he was appointed collector of customs at Charlottetown, but resigned that office in the following September, and was an unsuccessful candidate for the Dominion parliament. He was called to the senate in October, 1873, and resigned in 1880, but was reappointed in January, 1881. He is a vice president of the Dominion board of trade, a governor of Prince of Wales college, consular agent for the United States, and vice-consul for Sweden, Denmark, and Norway.
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