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William Howard
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
March 4, 1859 – March 3, 1861
Preceded by Joseph R. Cockerill
Succeeded by Chilton A. White
Personal details
Born (1817-12-31)December 31, 1817
Jefferson County, Virginia
Died June 1, 1891(1891-06-01) (aged 73)
Batavia, Ohio
Resting place Batavia Union Cemetery
Political party Democratic
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Rank lieutenant colonel

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


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 1845–49. 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 1850-1852.

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.


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