Charles Bowen Howry

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Howry's former residence in Washington, D.C.

Charles Bowen Howry (May 14, 1844 – July 20, 1928) was a Mississippi attorney and politician, and a judge of the United States Court of Claims.

Howry was born in Oxford, Mississippi. He was a First Lieutenant in the 29th Mississippi Infantry of the Confederate Army[1] during the American Civil War, from 1862 to 1865. After the war, he received an LL.B. from the University of Mississippi, in 1867.

Howry entered private practice in Oxford, Mississippi, from 1867 to 1874, and 1878 to 1893. He was a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives, from 1880 to 1884, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi, from 1885 to 1889, and Assistant U.S. attorney general, U.S. Department of Justice, in Washington, DC, from 1893 to 1897.

Howry was nominated by President Grover Cleveland to the seat on the Court of Claims vacated by the promotion of Charles C. Nott to Chief Justice of that court. Commissioned on January 28, 1897, Howry retired from active service on March 15, 1915. He was replaced on the bench by George Eddy Downey.[1] Although he technically continued to serve in senior status until his death, he returned to private practice in 1915, and was chairman of the Board of Arbitration for New York City, 1916, and special counsel to the U.S. Department of Labor from 1918 to 1919. Judge Howry succumbed to heart failure, and was buried in Oxford, Mississippi.


  1. ^ a b Bennett, Marion Tinsley (1976). The United States Court of Claims: A History; Part I: The Judges, 1855–1976. Washington, D.C.: Committee on the Bicentennial of Independence and the Constitution of the Judicial Conference of the United States.