William Robinson Howson
- June 15
) was an Alberta politician and jurist. Born in Ontario he worked as a school teacher and bank manager before he moved to Alberta in 1910 and settled in Edmonton
where he attended the University of Alberta
. He was elected to the Alberta legislature
in the 1930 provincial election
as one of the MLAs for Edmonton
, a multi-member constituency. He became leader of the Alberta Liberal Party
in 1932 and led it in the 1935 provincial election
in which the governing United Farmers of Alberta
were completely wiped out and replaced as government by a brand new party, the Alberta Social Credit League
led by evangelist William Aberhart
. Howson retained his seat but the Liberal Party was reduced to 5 seats down from 11 in the face of the Social Credit landslide.
Howson was appointed by the federal Liberal government to sit on the Alberta Supreme Court in 1936 and became chief justice in 1944 serving until his death in 1952.