William Howard (congressman)

William Howard (December 31, 1817 – June 1, 1891) was a United States Army soldier, lawyer, and a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

William Howard
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1859 – March 3, 1861
Preceded byJoseph R. Cockerill
Succeeded byChilton A. White
Member of the Ohio Senate from Brown & Clermont counties
In office
December 3, 1849 – January 4, 1852
Preceded byBenjamin Evans
Succeeded bySanders W. Johnson
Personal details
Born(1817-12-31)December 31, 1817
Jefferson County, Virginia
DiedJune 1, 1891(1891-06-01) (aged 73)
Batavia, Ohio
Resting placeBatavia Union Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic
Military service
AllegianceUnited States
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
RankLieutenant Colonel


Born in Jefferson County, Virginia, Howard attended public schools and later studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1840 and subsequently established a law practice.

He later moved to Batavia, Ohio, and served as a prosecuting attorney from 1845–1849. He served in the war with Mexico and was made second lieutenant of Company C, Second Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Following the war, he served as member of the Ohio Senate from 1849 to 1852.

Howard was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-sixth (March 4, 1859 – March 3, 1861). He was not a candidate for re-election.

He enrolled in the army following the outbreak of the Civil War and was commissioned as the major of the 59th Ohio Infantry, on August 11, 1861. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel and commanded the regiment at the Battle of Stones River. Howard resigned his commission on February 24, 1863 and returned home to resume his law practice.

Howard practiced law until his death in Batavia on June 1, 1891 at the age of 73. He was interred in the Batavia Union Cemetery.


  This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.

  • United States Congress. "William Howard (id: H000846)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2008-10-19

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