George Evan Howell

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George Evan Howell

George Evan Howell (September 21, 1905 – January 18, 1980) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois and judge on the United States Court of Claims.

Born in Marion, Illinois, Howell attended the public schools at Villa Grove, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Commerce and Business Administration at Urbana in 1927 and from the College of Law in 1930. He taught school in McHenry County, Illinois, in 1927 and 1928. He served as member of the faculty of the College of Commerce, University of Illinois from 1928 to 1930 while working his way through law school. He was admitted to the bar in 1930 and commenced practice in Springfield, Illinois. He became a member of the Officers' Reserve Corps in 1933. He served as a Referee in Bankruptcy at the United States District Court, southern division of Illinois from 1937 to 1941.

Howell was elected as a Republican to the Seventy-seventh and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1941, until his resignation on October 6, 1947. He was nominated by President Truman to be a judge of the United States Court of Claims where he served from October 6, 1947, until his resignation on September 30, 1953. Thereupon, he served as chairman of the Illinois State Toll Highway Commission from 1953 to 1955. After this he resumed the private practice of law.[1] He resided in Largo, Florida, until his death in Clearwater, Florida on January 18, 1980, whereupon he was cremated and his remains were entombed in a niche in the Columbarium, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.


  1. ^ The United States Court of Claims : a history / pt. 1. The judges, 1855-1976 / by Marion T. Bennett / pt. 2. Origin, development, jurisdiction, 1855-1978 / W. Cowen, P. Nichols, M.T. Bennett. Washington, D.C.: Committee on the Bicentennial of Independence and the Constitution of the Judicial Conference of the United States. 1976. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Frank W. Fries
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 21st congressional district

January 3, 1941 – October 6, 1947
Succeeded by
Peter F. Mack, Jr.