Tilghman Howard

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Tilghman Howard

Tilghman Ashurst Howard (November 14, 1797 – August 16, 1844) was a U.S. Representative from Indiana. He was born near Pickensville, South Carolina. He moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1816 and was admitted to the bar there in 1818. In 1830, he moved to Bloomington, Indiana, and in 1833 to Rockville, Indiana. President Andrew Jackson appointed him US Attorney for Indiana, and he served as such from 1833 to 1837. In 1838, he sought, unsuccessfully, to be elected to the U.S. Senate. He was elected to the House of Representatives on August 5, 1839, and served until he resigned therefrom on July 1, 1840.

In 1841, Tilghman unsuccessfully defended the blacksmith Noah Beauchamp against a murder charge. Beauchamp was convicted and executed in Parke County, Indiana.[1]

He sought election as Governor of Indiana in 1840 and as United States Senator in 1843 but was unsuccessful. He was appointed chargé d’affaires to the Republic of Texas on June 11, 1844.[2] He died in Washington-on-the-Brazos, Texas and is buried in Rockville, Indiana.[3]

Howard County, Indiana,[4] and Howard County, Iowa, are named in his honor.


  1. ^ Indiana Magazine of History, Vol. 12, Murphy: Parke County, Indiana University, page 151.
  2. ^ "Chiefs of Mission for Texas". U.S. Department of State. Retrieved 2011-05-20. 
  3. ^ "Tilghman Ashurst Howard". FindaGrave.com. Retrieved 2011-05-20. 
  4. ^ "Howard County's Townships and Their Early Settlements and Towns". Kokomo-Howard County Public Library. Archived from the original on 22 December 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
William Sumter Murphy
Chargé d’Affaires of U.S. Mission to Texas
June–August 1844
Succeeded by
Andrew Jackson Donelson
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Albert S. White
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 7th congressional district

August 5, 1839 – July 1, 1840
Succeeded by
Henry S. Lane