Richard Howell

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Richard Howell
3rd Governor of New Jersey
In office
June 3, 1793 – October 31, 1801
Preceded by Thomas Henderson
as Acting Governor
Succeeded by Joseph Bloomfield
Personal details
Born (1754-10-25)October 25, 1754
Newark, Colony of Delaware, British America
Died April 28, 1802(1802-04-28) (aged 47)
Trenton, New Jersey, U.S.
Spouse(s) Keziah Burr Howell

Richard Howell (October 25, 1754 – April 28, 1802) was the third Governor of New Jersey from 1794 to 1801.


Howell was born in Newark in the Colony of Delaware. He was a lawyer and soldier of the early United States Army. He served as captain and later major of the 2nd New Jersey Regiment from 1775 to 1779. Richard was a twin, his twin brother was Lewis Howell. Lewis was a physician for the 2nd New Jersey Regiment] and died during the Revolutionary War. Richard was offered the role of judge advocate of the army, but turned down the appointment to practice law. He was clerk of the New Jersey Supreme Court from 1778 to June 3, 1793. He succeeded Thomas Henderson as Governor and served until 1801. Replaced as Governor by Joseph Bloomfield, Howell died the following year. He was the grandfather of Varina Howell, the second wife of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

Letter from Major Richard Howell to Israel Shreve, 1778

Howell died in Trenton, New Jersey on April 28, 1802, and was buried in that city's Friends Burying Ground.[1] Howell Township in Monmouth County is named in his honor.[2][3]


  1. ^ New Jersey Governor Richard Howell Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., National Governors Association. Accessed August 20, 2007.
  2. ^ Hutchinson, Viola L. The Origin of New Jersey Place Names, New Jersey Public Library Commission, May 1945. Accessed September 2, 2015.
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry. The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States, p. 162. United States Government Printing Office, 1905. Accessed September 2, 2015.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Henderson
Acting Governor
Governor of New Jersey
June 3, 1793 – October 31, 1801
Succeeded by
Joseph Bloomfield