L: Portrait of John Howe, c. 1820, by William Valentine, with permission of the New Brunswick Museum, Saint John, N.B. (accession number: 1962.94)—John Howe (October 14, 1754 - December 27, 1835) was a loyalist printer during the American Revolution, a printer and Postmaster in Halifax, the father of the famous Joseph Howe, a spy prior to the War of 1812, and eventually a Magistrate of the Colony of Nova Scotia. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts Bay colony, the son of Joseph Howe, a tin plate worker of Puritan ancestry, and Rebeccah Hart. The photo inset to the right is John Howe, Jr., who took over John Howe's printing business in 1818 and in whose print shop Joseph Howe apprenticed. View John Howe's biography. View John Howe's family.
R: Joseph Howe, 1851—Joseph Howe, PC (December 13, 1804 - June 1, 1873) learned the printing trade as an apprentice in his father's shop. In 1828, at the age of 36, he bought his own newspaper, The Novascotian. On January 1, 1835, he published a letter accusing Nova Scotia's magistrates, who ran the government of the colony, of pocketing £30,000 over the preceding 30 years. He won the libel case that followed, despite representing himself in the case, due to a powerful speech, and subsequently launched himself into a political career to reform Nova Scotia's government. This painting was done in 1851, when Joseph Howe was serving as Provincial Secretary in Nova Scotia's first responsible government, a government that he helped to bring to power, and which was the first elected, responsible colonial government in the British Empire. View Joseph Howe's biography. View Joseph Howe's family.