Joseph Howard (judge)

Joseph Howard (March 14, 1800 – December 12, 1877) was an American lawyer and politician from Maine. Howard served as Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court from October 23, 1848 to October 22, 1855.[1][2]

Born in Brownfield, Maine, Howard graduated from Bowdoin College in 1821 and read law to gain admission to the bar in 1824. He was a United States Attorney from 1837 to 1841. On October 23, 1848, Governor John W. Dana appointed Howard to a seat as an Associate Justice on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court vacated by the elevation of Ether Shepley to the position of Chief Justice. Howard served until his retirement on October 22, 1855. In 1860, he was elected Mayor of Portland, Maine, and, in 1865, he ran as the Democratic candidate for governor of Maine, which he lost to Samuel Cony by 63.3% to 37.7%.[3]

He died in Brownfield.[4]


  1. ^ "Maine Supreme Court Chief and Associate Justices". Maine State Legislature. Retrieved December 24, 2019.
  2. ^ "The Supreme Judicial Court of the State of Maine, 1820 to 2009". Nathan & Henry B. Cleaves Law Library. Retrieved December 22, 2019.
  3. ^ Richard F. Miller, States at War, Volume 1: A Reference Guide for Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont in the Civil War (2013), p. 213.
  4. ^ Maine Genealogy Archives, Maine Supreme Judicial Court Justices, 1820-1920.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Bion Bradbury
Democratic nominee for Governor of Maine
1864, 1865
Succeeded by
Eben F. Pillsbury
Political offices
Preceded by Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court
Succeeded by