- Henry Howard (Rhode Island)
Henry Howard (
April 2, 1826ndash September 22, 1905) was Governor of Rhode Islandfrom 1873 to 1875.
Education and family life
Henry Howard was born in
Cranston, Rhode Islandto Jesse and Mary Howard. In 1848, he studied law in the office of future Rhode IslandGovernor William W. Hoppin. In 1851, he married Catherine Greene Harris (1830-1907), the daughter of textile mill-owner and former Governor Elisha Harris. The same year, he was admitted to the Rhode Island Bar and began a private law practice. Henry and Catherine had a daughter Jessie, and two sons Elisha and Charles.
While serving in the
Rhode Island General Assembly, Howard was a delegate to the 1856 Republican National Conventionwhich nominated John C. Fremontas the Republican presidential candidate.
In 1858, Howard abandoned his law practice to open a
New York Cityoffice for his father-in-law's business. When Elisha Harris died in 1861, Howard returned to Rhode Island to take a larger role in managing the company. When it was incorporated in 1865 as the Harris Manufacturing Company, Howard was named the president. His brother, David, played a role in the incorporation.
Howard remained active in Republican Party politics, serving as an elector in the
1872 presidential electionwhich granted a second term to Ulysses S. Grant. In 1873, Howard was elected to the first of two consecutive terms as Governor of Rhode Island. He declined to seek a third term. In 1876, he served once again a delegate to the National Republican Convention, and in 1878 he was nominated by President Rutherford B. Hayesas an assistant commissioner to the Paris Exposition.
In 1878, Howard, with Pardon Armington and Gardiner C. Sims, established the Armington and Sims Engine Company, manufacturing high-speed piston valve
steam engines. The consistent output of their engines prompted Thomas Edisonto use them for his Pearl Street Stationpower plant in New York. The company's finances suffered from the depression following the Panic of 1893, and in 1896 it failed entirely, and its assets were sold to the Eastern Engine company. [ [http://users.ids.net/~newsm/steam-engines/armington-simms-engine-co.html New England Wireless and Steam Museum, Armington and Sims Engine Co. ] at users.ids.net]
In 1879, Howard founded the Providence Telephone Company, serving as its president for the rest of his life.
Retirement and death
In 1900, Howard retired, and the Harris Mill in
Coventry, Rhode Islandwas sold to Interlaken Mills, which was managed in part by Howard's son-in-law, Edward Bucklin. Howard died in 1905, and is buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Coventry, Rhode Island.
* [http://www.preservation.ri.gov/pdfs_zips_downloads/national_pdfs/harris-mill.pdf Harris Mill history from the State of Rhode Island]
* [http://www.nga.org/portal/site/nga/menuitem.29fab9fb4add37305ddcbeeb501010a0/?vgnextoid=2fa8c2da2484b010VgnVCM1000001a01010aRCRD&vgnextchannel=e449a0ca9e3f1010VgnVCM1000001a01010aRCRD Biography at the National Governor's Association]
* [http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/howard.html Henry Howard at the Political Graveyard]
* [http://www.rootsweb.com/~rigenweb/governorGraves.html Henry and Catherine Greene Howard Graves at Rootsweb]
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