Benjamin Howard (Missouri)
Howard was born in Lexington, Kentucky (then part of Virginia) and graduated in 1797 from the College of William & Mary. He was elected to the Kentucky General Assembly in 1800. He served in the 10th and 11th Congresses from Kentucky from 1807 until April 10, 1810. One week later, on April 17, 1810, James Madison appointed him Governor of the Louisiana Territory (the Louisiana Purchase district north of modern-day Louisiana), which was later renamed as the Missouri Territory in June 1812.
He resigned his post during the War of 1812 to become brigadier general of the Eighth Military Department. During the conflict he and Nathan Boone (Daniel Boone's youngest son) attacked Sac and Fox positions in Illinois and established Fort Clark by Peoria, Illinois.
He fell ill on the way back and died in St. Louis, Missouri. He was buried in the Old Grace Church Graveyard just north of downtown St. Louis and then reinterred in Bellefontaine Cemetery. However, the cemetery has no record of Howard's body; therefore, the true location of his body remains a mystery.
- Eaton, David Wolfe (1916). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 174.
- United States Congress. "Benjamin Howard (id: H000834)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 5th congressional district
William T. Barry
|Governor of Louisiana and Missouri Territory
|10th||Senate: B. Thruston | J. Pope||House: M Lyon | J. Boyle | J. Rowan | R. M. Johnson | B. Howard | J. Desha|
|11th||Senate: B. Thruston | J. Pope | H. Clay||House: M Lyon | R. M. Johnson | B. Howard | J. Desha | S. McKee | H. Crist | W. Barry|