Howard Mutchler (son of William Mutchler), was born in Easton, Pennsylvania. He attended the public schools of Easton and Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. He studied law with his father, but before qualifying for admission to the bar he decided on a newspaper career, and became editor and publisher of the Easton Daily Express and the Northampton Democrat. He was also active in several businesses, including serving as president of the Easton Telephone Company and the United States Long Distance Telephone Company, and a member of the board of directors of the Easton and Nazareth Transit Company.
His wife was a native of Easton. She was educated at St. Mary's Hall, Burlington, NJ, and they first met in Easton. In Washington, D.C., Mrs. Mutchler was accompanied by her younger sister, Ella Bercaw, also a native of Easton, an artist whose paintings were publicly exhibited.
Mutchler was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-third Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of his father, William Mutchler. He served from August 7, 1893 to March 3, 1895, and was not a candidate for renomination in 1894.
He was elected to the Fifty-seventh Congress in 1900, and served from March 4, 1901 to March 3, 1903. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1902. He resumed his newspaper activities, and died in Easton in 1916. Interment in Easton Cemetery.
- United States Congress. "Howard Mutchler (id: M001124)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Howard Mutchler at The Political Graveyard