David Howell (jurist)

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David Howell
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41st Attorney General of Rhode Island
In office
1789–1790
Governor John Collins
Preceded by Henry Goodwin
Succeeded by Daniel Updike
Personal details
Born January 1, 1747
Morristown, New Jersey
Died July 30, 1824
Providence, Rhode Island
Alma mater Princeton University
A.M. Brown University 1769
Occupation Deputy, Assistant, Attorney General

David Howell (January 1, 1747 – July 30, 1824) was an American jurist and statesman from Providence, Rhode Island.

Born in Morristown, New Jersey, Howell graduated from Princeton University in 1766, and received an A.M. from Brown University in 1769. He was in private practice in Providence, Rhode Island from 1768 to 1779. He was a professor of law and then acting president at Brown University in 1791 and 1792. He was a Justice of the Peace in Providence in 1779, and a Justice of the Rhode Island Court of Common Pleas, also in Providence, in 1780, returning to private practice from 1781 to 1782. He was a delegate to the Continental Congress from 1782 to 1785, and an Associate Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court from 1786 to 1787, then serving as Rhode Island Attorney General in 1789. He was a Boundary commissioner, New York City in 1794.

He was appointed by Thomas Jefferson in 1801 as United States Attorney, and On November 13, 1812, Howell was nominated by President James Madison to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island vacated by David L. Barnes. Howell was confirmed by the United States Senate on November 16, 1812, and received his commission the following day. He served on the federalist (pro-Constitution) committee which negotiated an end to William West's armed anti-federalist protest on July 4. 1788. Howell served until his death, in 1824, in Providence.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
David Leonard Barnes
Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island
1812–1824
Succeeded by
John Pitman