Albert R. Howe

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Albert R. Howe
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Mississippi's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1875
Preceded by Joseph L. Morphis
Succeeded by Guilford Wiley Wells
Member of the Mississippi House of Representatives
In office
1870–1872
Personal details
Born (1840-01-01)January 1, 1840
Brookfield, Massachusetts, United States
Died June 1, 1884(1884-06-01) (aged 44)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Resting place Brookfield Cemetery
Brookfield, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Parents Francis Howe
Maria A. Richards Howe
Occupation Businessman
Politician
Military service
Service/branch Union Army
Years of service 1861-1865
Rank Major
Battles/wars American Civil War

Albert Richards Howe (January 1, 1840 – June 1, 1884) was an American businessman and politician. He represented Mississippi in the U.S. House of Representatives and served in the Mississippi House of Representatives.

Early life[edit]

Howe was born in Brookfield, Massachusetts, the son of Francis Howe and Maria A. (Richards) Howe.[1] He pursued classical studies,[2] and in 1861 enlisted as a private in the Union Army and served in the Forty-seventh Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.

During the Civil War, he served in Virginia under General Grant until Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox, Virginia. After Lee's surrender, he served under General Weitzel in Texas until his discharged on November 30, 1865.[3] By the time of his discharge, he had been promoted to Major.[4] After his military service, he moved to Como, Mississippi and became involved in cotton planting.

Political career[edit]

He became involved in politics and was a member of the Mississippi constitutional convention in 1868. He also served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1868.[5] In 1869 he was appointed treasurer of Panola County, Mississippi.[6] From 1870-1872 he was a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives.[7]

Howe was elected as a Republican candidate to the Forty-third Congress, serving from March 4, 1873 to March 3, 1875.[8] In Congress, he served on the Committee on Claims.[9] He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1874 to the Forty-fourth Congress.

After leaving Congress, he moved to Chicago, Illinois and worked in the brokerage business. He died in Chicago on June 1, 1884,[10] and is interred in Brookfield Cemetery in Brookfield, Massachusetts.

Family life[edit]

Howe's father, Francis Howe, was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and the Massachusetts Senate.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hurd, Duane Hamilton (1889). History of Worcester County, Massachusetts: With Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men, Volume 1. J.W. Lewis & Company. p. 538. 
  2. ^ Poore, Benjamin Perley (1878). The Political Register and Congressional Directory: A Statistical Record of the Federal Officials, Legislative, Executive, and Judicial, of the United States of America, 1776-1878. Houghton, Osgood. p. 456. 
  3. ^ Barnes, William Horatio (1874). The American Government ...: Biographies of members of the House of representatives of the Forty-third Congress. W.H. & O.H. Morrison. p. 323. 
  4. ^ United States. Congress (1874). Official Congressional Directory. United States. Congress. p. 34. 
  5. ^ Herringshaw, Thomas William (1914). Herringshaw's National Library of American Biography: Contains Thirty-five Thousand Biographies of the Acknowledged Leaders of Life and Thought of the United States; Illustrated with Three Thousand Vignette Portraits. American Publishers' Association. p. 232. 
  6. ^ United States. Congress (1875). Official Congressional Directory. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 34. 
  7. ^ Poore, Benjamin Perley (1878). The Political Register and Congressional Directory: A Statistical Record of the Federal Officials, Legislative, Executive, and Judicial, of the United States of America, 1776-1878. Houghton, Osgood. p. 456. 
  8. ^ Lynch, John Roy (2008). Reminiscences of an Active Life: The Autobiography of John Roy Lynch. Univ. Press of Mississippi,. p. 103. 
  9. ^ United States. Congress (1874). Official Congressional Directory. United States. Congress. p. 34. 
  10. ^ Hurd, Duane Hamilton (1889). History of Worcester County, Massachusetts: With Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men, Volume 1. J.W. Lewis & Company. p. 538. 
  11. ^ Barnes, William Horatio (1874). The American Government ...: Biographies of members of the House of representatives of the Forty-third Congress. W.H. & O.H. Morrison. p. 323. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph L. Morphis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Mississippi's 2nd congressional district

1873-1875
Succeeded by
Guilford Wiley Wells