Charles Howard (Detroit)
|Mayor of Detroit|
|Preceded by||Frederick Buhl|
|Succeeded by||John Ladue|
August 7, 1804|
Chenango County, New York
November 6, 1883 (aged 79)|
Charles Howard (August 7, 1804 – November 6, 1883) was mayor of Detroit in 1849.
Charles Howard was born August 7, 1804, in Chenango County, New York. His family moved to Port Jervis, New York; when Charles Howard was an adult he moved to Sackets Harbor, New York and worked as a schooner captain. He later joined the firm of Alvin Bronson and Company (later Bronson, Crocker, and Company) as a shipping and forwarding commission merchant, and moved to Oswego, New York, to represent to firm.
In 1840, Howard came to Detroit, now a partner in the shipping firm of Bronson, Crocker, and Howard, to establish an agency for the firm. In 1848, he entered a partnership with N. P. Stewart, continuing his shipping and forwarding business and also as a railroad contractor, building substantial portions of the Detroit and Milwaukee Railroad line, although his firm lost $280,000 in the project. In 1854, Howard dissolved his partnership with Stewart and formed another one with his brother, Sebre.
The Panic of 1857 caused the failure of the Peninsular Bank, and in 1858, Charles Howard moved to New York City. There, Charles and Sebre Howard opened the business "Howard Brothers, Firearms," which was in business from 1863 to 1874. Charles Howard died November 6, 1883, at the house of his son-in-law.
| Mayor of Detroit
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