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Unless otherwise noted, biographies submitted by Dick Barton. 

Annals of Iowa: A historical quarterly. v. 1-12, 1863-74; New Series, v. 1-3, 1882-84; 3d series, v. 1- Apr. 1893-

FRANK E. HARRIS (No. 3452), was appointed [to The Military Academy at West Point ] from Des Moines, and graduated June 11, 1892, No. 3 in his class of 62. He is at present Captain, 6th Coast Artillery, on duty at Ft. Monroe, Virginia.

JAMES C. HARWOOD was born at Lowell, Ill., June 29, 1844; he died at Clarion, Iowa, June 16, 1903. He entered The Charles City Intelligencer office at the age of sixteen to learn the trade of a printer. He served his apprenticeship of three years with the proprietor, Hon. A. B. F. Hildreth, and then worked in the same establishment four years as a journeyman. He was connected with newspapers as editor and proprietor in Winnebago and Franklin counties until 1879, when he removed to Clarion, where he purchased The Monitor, of which he was thereafter the editor and proprietor. With the exception of about eight years he had served the people since 1881 as postmaster of that thriving county seat. Mr. Harwood made The Monitor one of the leading journals of that section of Iowa, and had established himself in the respect and confidence of the community.

MAHLON HEAD was born in Highland County, Ohio, July 12, 1835, and died at Jefferson, Iowa, January 17, 1920. He came with his parents to Poweshiek County, Iowa, in 1855. There he worked on a farm one year and then became a clerk in the office of the treasurer of Poweshiek County. He remained in that position until June, 1861, when he enlisted in Company f, Tenth Iowa Infantry, and served four years. He participated in many battles and was seriously wounded at Missionary Ridge. He marched with Sherman to the Sea, was commissioned a lieutenant and was later a staff officer with General John E. Smith. Returning home from the war in 1865, he engaged in banking one year at Montezuma, but in 1866 went to Jefferson.. There he entered the banking business and became a leading citizen of Greene County. Besides his banking interests at Jefferson he was interested in banks in several nearby towns. He invested largely in land and became quite wealthy. In 1899 he was elected representative and, by reason of re-elections, served in the Twenty-eighth, Twenty- ninth, Thirtieth and Thirty-first General Assemblies.

THOMAS D. HEALY was born in Lansing, Iowa, May 25, 1865; he died at Fort Dodge, January 15, 1909. He was educated at Notre Dame University, Indiana, the Law Department of the State University of Iowa, and the University of Michigan. With his parents he removed in 1883 to Fort Dodge, Iowa, where he continued to reside until his death. Soon after his admission to the bar, Mr. Healy entered upon the practice of his profession at Fort Dodge and continued therein actively during the remainder of his life. He early developed a deep and intelligent interest in public affairs, where his superior ability backed by an ardent temperament and unswerving courage soon won for him a position of leadership. In 1895 he was elected to the State Senate, where he served with high honor during the Twenty-sixth, Twenty-seventh, Twenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth General Assemblies. In constructive, reformatory and progressive legislation he was a leader among leaders. He was largely influential, if not the decisive factor, in the establishment of a State Board of Control. In framing the Code of 1897 he took a conspicuous part. He had a quick intuitive perception of the moral tendency of public measures and was at all times and everywhere the uncompromising for of political indirection and official graft. The history of Iowa records the name of no more influential legislator and none whose vote, voice and influence were more uniformly or efficiently exercised for the benefit of the people whom he served. Upon the retirement of Judge O. P. Shiras from the bench of the Federal Court for the Northern District of Iowa, he became a candidate for that position. He had, to a remarkable degree, the support of the bar and the people of the district, but the positive nature of his convictions and the uncompromisingly independent character of his course as a member of the Senate had excited the set hostility of powerful interests whose influence in certain official quarters was sufficient to prevent his success. Events have moved rapidly since then, and of the Iowa names passing into history connected with that episode, the inner story of which has yet to be written, none will be remembered with deeper or more abiding respect than that of the defeated candidate. At the close of his second senatorial term, Mr. Healy took position as the Iowa attorney for the Great Western Railway Company and later entered into like relations with the Illinois Central Railroad Company, continuing meanwhile a large and important general practice in connection with the firm of which he was a member. He became the victim of his own passion for work. Never a man of robust health, the burdens of rapidly expanding business and increasing responsibilities proved at length too great for even his limitless nervous energy and unconquerable determination. His death is a distinct loss to the State and his place in the van of the struggle for civic righteousness will not be easily filled. To his immediate circle of friends he was not simply Thomas D. Healy, lawyer, politician or statesman, but he was "Tom," the most lovable and loyal of companions. the flash of his righteous indignation over a mean or unworthy act was no quicker or warmer than his tear of sympathy with a friend in sorrow. Quick at repartee, the shaft of his wit was never tipped with poison. Generous to a fault, no draft upon his friendship ever went to protest. In his family relations as son, brother, husband and father he was singularly fortunate and in each his love and loyalty knew neither limit or reserve. Short as was his life it has shed honor upon his beloved native State, and the memory of his excellent personal qualities will long remain an inspiration to those who knew him best.

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George Hepner - an odd bird from Parke county, Indiana.  George took naturally to politics and was a most intense, old-fashioned Jackson Democrat.  Without much education, he, nevertheless, having a good presence and fair assurance, impressed himself well.  He was chairman of committee on corporations, and had all the old-time distrust and hostility to everything like exclusive rights and special legislation on the subject of corporations, whether successful or otherwise.  I remember that Freeman Alger of Muscatine, also a Democrat, wanted some special legislation to help out some defect in the unsatisfactory working of their ferry privilege at the old town of Bloomington (Muscatine).  His constituents were clamorous and he was very anxious.  Hepner stood in his way and more than once reported against the relief asked.  Time went on, and near the close of the session a very sturdy delegation appeared from Des Moines county (Hepner's county) seeking much the same relief and the committee changed fast.  Alger was a plain man - unusually quiet - and had said but little - few thought it was in him, but I never knew any one receive such an unmerciful scoring as he gave Hepner.  Enos Lowe (Hepner's colleague) had called Hepner to the chair and took charge of the bill, and Hepner asked for mercy until he could get the floor.  It was of no avail.  Alger had his revenge.  Des Moines county succeeded and so then did Muscatine.  Alger ranked very high after that, and especially since it occurred that night that a traveling troupe of burnt corkers were given the use of the Senate chamber (free tickets to Senators and officers!) and in their local hits two of them took off Hepner and Alger to perfection, - imitated them in speech and action (and I always thought that John P. Cook, with possible assistance, put them up to it!  They certainly were well instructed).

Hepner lived at Augusta - settled there at a very early day - had had prior legislative experience and stood well with his party in his county.  This is evidenced in the act that he was a member of the First and Second Territorial Council, of the Fourth and Fifth Territorial House, of the First Constitutional Convention and Third and Fourth State Senate.  As I have said, he was rather fine looking - dressed well - loved society and was somewhat vain.

ROWLAND G. HILL (No. 2900), was appointed [to The Military Academy at West Point ] from Muscatine, and graduated June 11, 1881, No. 22 in his class of 53. He served on frontier duty at various stations, and with his regiment performed other important missions, reaching the rank of Captain of Infantry. He died in Camp near Mobile, Alabama, May 2, 1898, at the age of 41.

EDGAR W. HOWE (No. 2727), was appointed [to The Military Academy at West Point ] from Dubuque, and graduated June 13, 1878, No. 11 in his class of 43. After his graduation he served at various military posts, and during the Spanish-American war was Chief Mustering Officer for the State of Pennsylvania. He is at present Major, 27th Infantry, stationed at Ft. Sheridan, Illinois.

"OUR VANISHING WILD LIFE," BY DR. WILLIAM TEMPLE HORNADAY

W. T. Hornaday

by Hon. John F. Lacey

Dr. Hornaday has recently published a very important work on "Our Vanishing Wild Life." Dr. Hornaday, though born in Indiana, spent his early life in Iowa and is fully identified with the history of his adopted State. He is today one of the world's foremost naturalists, and his latest work comes with authority from a man of his research and experience.

In 1886 he conducted an expedition to investigate the extermination of the buffalo, and his report of that journey is one of the saddest chapters in the history of the wild life of the world. The buffalo was the greatest of the surviving mammals of the new world and existed in such numbers that had they been properly conserved upon the plains there would have been no "high cost of meat" problem for the present generation. In ages they had become adapted to the surroundings of the arid plains. Had the Government asserted title to these herds of millions and regulated their use and slaughter they would have remained a great and permanent asset in the nation's wealth. The complete extinction of the species was narrowly averted and, perhaps, there are today 2,500 to 3,000 successors to those mighty herds. They are scattered in small herds in different parts of the country, under suitable protection, and the complete extinction of the species has been prevented.

Through the awakening of the public conscience by the published report of Dr. Hornaday much of the legislation in behalf of wild life has been accomplished.

It was the good fortune of the writer to have been enabled to secure the enactment of the first national law too protect the remaining wild life in the United States, under which a large number of preserves and breeding grounds for birds and mammals have been set apart upon the public domain. There are now sixty-one of these bird reservations under the "Lacey Act" and the last addition to the list is the entire chain of the Aleutian Islands set aside as bird refuges, reindeer breeding grounds and fisheries.

In all this good work Dr. Hornaday's influence has been most effectual. He is now director of the New York Zoological Park, where his intimate knowledge of the habits and needs of the animals and birds under his charge has enabled him to make his prisoners feel at home instead if chafing in their confinement. One of the rarest of the choice exhibits of that wonderful collection is a small herd of musk oxen which may be seen grazing contentedly in the park.

Dr. Hornaday has done much original constructive work in the way of wild life protection. To do things it is highly essential to know things, and he is a most thorough and painstaking naturalist. No man can make a great success in any undertaking unless he is in love with his work.

His greatest work, no doubt, is the designing and development of the Zoological Park among the rocks of the Bronx region. It is just to the promoters of this great institution to quote what Dr. Hornaday himself says of them:

"The original impulse and effort for the creation of the New York Zoological Society came from Madison Grant, then a sportsman and student of nature and by profession a lawyer; and very early in its career the new organization secured the active support of Prof. Henry Fairfield Osborn. It is impossible to overstate the influence of those two men on the Society's undertaking, and their devotion to the task, year in and year out. Without them, New York would have at this time no Zoological Park!"

On the other hand the secretary of the New York Zoological Society, Mr. Madison Grant, thoroughly appreciates the worth and work of the director. Mr. Grant says in one of the bulletins of the park:

"A portion of this second year of the Society's existence had been devoted by Mr. Hornaday to a thorough study of the Zoological Gardens of Europe, the results of which were embodied in a report to the committee. Mr. Hornaday also prepared the general ground plan of the Zoological Park, out of which has developed, during the last ten years, the existing scheme of the park. Modifications have been made in small matters, but on the whole the substantial manner in which Mr. Hornaday's original design has been found to meet actual conditions has proved his foresight in its preparation."

A brief synopsis of the life, travels and literary work of Dr. Hornaday is as follows:

Born Plainfield, Indiana, December 1, 1854, son of William and Martha (Varner) Hornaday; educated Oskaloosa College, 1871 and 1872; Iowa State College, class of '76; Ward's Natural Science Establishment, Rochester, New York; Sc. D., University of Pittsburg, 1906; Married at Battle Creek, Michigan, September 11, 1879, to Josephine E. Chamberlain, and has one daughter, Mrs. Helen Hornaday Fielding. Travels (zoological): Cuba and Florida, 1875; South America, West Indies, 1876; Egypt, India, 1876-77; Ceylon, Malay Peninsula, Borneo, 1878; China and Japan, 1879; Smithsonian Expedition for Buffalo, Montana, 1886; hunt in Wyoming, 1889; exploration in Canadian Rockies, 1905; exploration in Arizona and Mexico, 19097. Director New York Zoological Park since 1896. Author: "Two Years in the Jungle," 1885; "American Natural History, " 1904; "Taxidermy and Zoological Collecting," 1894; "Camp-Fires in the Canadian Rockies," 1906; "Camp-Fires on Desert and Lava," 1908; "Our Vanishing Wild Life," 1913 (all Scribners); also, "The Man Who Became a Savage," 1895. Independent in politics. Protestant. Fellow New York Academy Sciences and New York Zoological Society; honorary member Philadelphia Zoological Society, Shikar Club, London, and Society for the Preservation of the Fauna of the British Empire; corresponding member Zoological Society of London; ex-president Camp-Fire Club and American Bison Society. Recreation: Big-game hunting. Address: New York Zoological Park, 183d Street and Southern Boulevard, New York City.

Among the practical results of his work are:

The Montana National Bison Herd is an accomplished fact. Fifty-one fine animals now occupy in perpetuity a magnificent range of twenty-eight square miles, all owned by the United States Government. This was his original proposition.

The Wichita National Bison Herd is also an accomplished fact. Twenty- three fine animals occupy a range of fourteen square miles, all owned by the Government. This, too, was his original proposition.

Goat Mountain Park in British Columbia is established. A splendid sanctuary of 450 square miles, stocked with mountain goats, sheep, elk, deer and bear, exists on the Elk and Bull Rivers, East Kootenay, as a game preserve. This was Dr. Hornaday's original suggestion.

A New York Bison Herd would today be in existence but for the veto of Gov. Charles E. Hughes. A Fur-Seal Salvage Law, the Fur-Seal Treaty, and five-year close season law are on the statute books, all as he demanded in 1909.

The Snow Creek Game Preserve, Montana, is an accomplished fact. This was his original idea.

The "Bayne Law," in New York, prohibiting sale of all native wild game in that State, was passed as his original suggestion. Massachusetts has copied this same law, and California is trying to do so.

Among the subjects to which he has devoted recent conservation work are: prevention of marketing wild game; prevention of spring and late winter shooting; prohibition of the killing of insectivorous and song birds for food or millinery purposes; the increase of the number of bird and game preserves; the prohibition of the use of extra deadly automatic and pump guns in hunting, giving the wild creatures some chance for their lives; the securing of perpetual closed seasons for all such species of wild life as are threatened with total extinction. This is a goodly program.

The statement is made in his recent book, "Our Vanishing Wild Life," that of all the countless millions of wild pigeons that once clouded our skies and thronged our forests there is today only one living specimen, and that poor creature is in captivity in Milwaukee. Only one left to emphasize the extermination of this beautiful American bird!

Dr. Hornaday's book ought to be in all the public school libraries. The little boys and girls should be taught what has been lost to them, so that they may treasure the precious remains of the wealth of the past. They should "hear the call of the wild remnant."

This book is both timely and convincing. No one can read it without regret for our national recklessness and disregard of our blessings. It is a heart-breaking story.

It is hard to make people realize that the invention of deadly weapons imposes self-restraint upon the people who possess such almost limitless powers of destruction. The rifle in the hand of the professional killer of game, together with the offer of fifty cents for each skin, covered our western plains with the dead carcases of buffalo by thousands.

Cars were arranged with many decks to hold the live pigeons and the busy nets swept them from the earth for the markets in a few years.

The hunter puts his dogs in the baggage car, takes a Pullman and in a night's run has gone five hundred miles into the hunting regions where, with the finest and deadliest of weapons, he works great havoc among the few remaining birds. Soon they disappear and the hunter buys his ticket for more distant grounds. Such limitless power to kill makes rigorous legal restraint absolutely necessary. The flying machine and speedy motorboat will further add to man's power to kill.

Few men can withhold when the opportunity comes to slay. Not only must the laws be rigorous, but they must be enforced without fear or favor.

Dr. Hornaday has been a mighty hunter himself and realizes the enjoyment the sportsman feels in this great pastime. Fortunately such men as George Shiras 3d have been teaching a new method of hunting with the camera. The camera captures but does not kill, and all the keen delight of the hunter is enjoyed when searching for the wild creatures in their natural resorts.

Mr. Shiras by flashlight photographed an albino porcupine one season and placed the picture in his album, instead of the stuffed skin of the dead animal upon his study walls or in a museum. The next year he captured the same albino again with his camera and again left the harmless creature to enjoy life in its native woods. "Any fool can kill a bird; but it takes a genius to photograph one and get a good photograph," says Dr. Hornaday.

I remember Dr. Hornaday when as a boy he came from the farm in Marion county to study at old Oskaloosa College. His subsequent career has gratified the friends of his Iowa boyhood, who prophesied a bright future, His present book is not merely the work of the few months spent in putting his thoughts upon paper; it is the record and fruits of a life work in studying God's wild creatures in their native haunts. It is a note of warning and alarm. The nation should heed it.

God in His slow processes spent millions of years creating the passenger pigeon and the bison. A single generation has seen them swept away. The high cultivation of a large part of our country makes it impossible for much of the old wild life to remain. But the birds can still be saved. They are rapid breeders and but give them a chance and they will remain with us.

Since this book came from the press the McLean Law protecting migratory birds has been enacted by Congress. Many states had forbidden spring shooting. Many states had vainly protected the robin and other of man's gentlest and best friends. These birds spent the spring and summer in our dooryards and nested in our shade trees only to go south there to be treated as "game birds" and to be slaughtered by the thousands. The pest of the boll weevil awakened the consciences of many of the cotton growing states, leading to local legislation for the protection of the birds which destroyed their enemies of the cotton fields.

Tilghman A. Howard

by William H. Fleming

In the compilation attached to the "Iowa Historical Census" of 1880 and previous years it is stated that the county of Howard was supposed to be named in honor of General Tilghman A. Howard, of Indiana. That such is the case hardly admits of a doubt now. It is well, it is thought, to put into The Annals a sketch of the life of the man thus honored. Much of what is here reproduced is taken from an obituary address delivered on July 4, 1847, by Joseph A. Wright, at Rockville, Indiana, the home of both men. This Mr. Wright was afterwards governor of Indiana, and a political partisan and friend of the deceased, and a brother of George G. Wright, noted Iowa jurist and United States senator.

Tilghman A. Howard was born on November 14, 1797, on George Creek, by the waters of the Saluda River, four miles northeast of Pickensville, South Carolina. He was the son of a Baptist minister and curiously enough the third son through a third marriage of each parent. His father was eighteen years old when he joined the American army under General Greene, and served under him at the battle of Eutaw Springs in South Carolina. In the words of one who knew him well, he "fought as became an American soldier." In the strong and nervous language of his son, "His musket told its own tale at the Revolution." As a preacher he had the reputation of being a successful one. He maintained his standing as a faithful herald of the cross until the year 1839, when he passed away in the state of Illinois. Tilghman's mother was of the family of Ashurst, whose name the son also bore. His mother died when he was two years old, and the rearing and education of young Howard devolved on a half brother, John McElroy, who moved in a couple of years to Buncombe County, North Carolina. There the boy remained until he was about nineteen, when he went into Tennessee without relations or friends, but relied on his own industry and perseverance to make his way in the world. He soon became a clerk in a store and engaged in school teaching, devoting much time, however, to the study of law. He was his own preceptor, although he received some instruction from Hugh Lawson White, one of the most eminent men of the nation, a Tennesseean, who was the choice of his state and Georgia for president in 1836 when Van Buren was elected. Senator Oliver H. Smith, who was a member of the Senate during White's later years in that body, said White spoke in the highest terms of General Howard. In 1818, at the age of twenty-one, he was admitted to the bar and at once commenced practice. In 1824 he was elected to the State Senate when Governor Samuel Houston put Howard on his staff, whence doubtless came his title of "General." The friendship between the Governor and his staff officer continued throughout their lives. In 1828 he was chosen a presidential elector and as such voted for Jackson and Calhoun.

In 1830 Howard removed to Indiana, and a few years later settled at Rockville, thereafter his home. He had not long been there when he was surprised to receive from President Jackson a commission as district attorney for Indiana, which office he held for six years. In 1835 he was appointed a commissioner to settle a large amount of conflicting claims under various treaties, acts of Congress, etc. The claims involved more than half a million dollars, in which a numerous lot of speculators were interested. It was held to be important to select a man who would hear the whole proof and report to Washington, and it was likewise important to have a man in whom the government, as well as the citizens that were pressing their claims, should have confidence. In respect to the appointment of a commissioner, General Cass, then secretary of war, related this incident: "After the names of several persons were presented for consideration, President Jackson, who being indisposed, was not present while the cabinet was considering the matter, came into the room, and, ascertaining the subject being considered, said, 'Gentlemen, I will tell you whom to appoint.' All were silent. 'Appoint General Howard, of Indiana; he is an honest man. I have known him long.' And the appointment was made, Howard's first knowledge of it coming with the commission. He visited Chicago, spent three months in investigating the claims, and made a voluminous report to the government, and there never was heard a whisper of suspicion as to his integrity, or his fidelity to the government, or to the claimants."

At one time, being interested from public considerations in the construction of a canal, he went to Washington to urge the extension of that canal. A friend, having heard of the contemplated trip, wrote him, urging him not to take the trip; saying that there was a contest between the canal and the river interests, and that it would injure Howard in respect to his future political prospects. To this appeal Howard made an answer well worthy of being considered by public officials when assailed similarly: "The time for making everything bend to future political interests has passed; the state has been trodden down by such things; I am for the redemption of the state.."

In 1839 he was elected to the Twenty-sixth Congress where he made himself manifest as a good man in council. While there he made a long speech in favor of a bill granting aid to western states for internal improvements. In 1840 he was a delegate to the Baltimore convention that renominated Martin Van Buren for the presidency. In that body he made a powerful speech in support of the renomination made. In the same year he reluctantly resigned his seat in Congress in order to accept his party's nomination for governor of the state, in which campaign, one of the hottest known in that state, or indeed in any state, he went down to defeat, but he polled a larger vote than Van Buren did three months later. Two years afterwards he was a candidate for United States senator. He had the nomination for that office of his political friends in that body, of whom there were seventy-four. The Whig whose term was about to expire had the nomination of his friends in that body, but among the latter were two persons who were elected from strongly Whig counties, but whose fidelity tot he party was suspected. The result of that contest was the defeat of both the men who were their parties' choice for the Senate, accomplished by the treachery of these two doubtful members, who voted for another man advanced by the Democrats, on abandoning General Howard. The Whig, who was defeated through the same treachery that beat Howard, said, "I know that General Howard never got over the mortification of that defeat." Regarding the men who were responsible for the result the same writer said, "They have lived to be as comfortable in the presence of those who once respected them as General Arnold was when introduced, in England, to the friends of Major Andre."

In 1844, General Howard was appointed by President Tyler minister to the Republic of Texas. Arriving at Washington, Texas, then the capital of the Republic, on August 1, he met his old-time friend, General Houston, now president of Texas, and he was received as the duly accredited minister from the United States. But, only nine days later, General Howard was seized by symptoms of the malady that was soon to terminate his worthy life. This event occurred on August 15, 1844, at the home of John Farquher, a few miles distant from the town of Washington. His remains were brought to Rockville, and there interred.

Mr. Wright said of him: "Howard possessed a mind that always appeared to be athirst for information - ever on the alert - ever active - and no situation in life could prevent him from investigating things around him. How often have those who knew him well seen him, in the midst of conversation, suddenly stop and go to examine some old dictionary, or some ancient map or chronological chart! Aside from profound and exhaustive knowledge in his profession, his acquirements in history, politics, geography, geology, mineralogy, botany, moral and mental philosophy, and theological subjects were astonishing to ordinary minds. Combining such a mass of information, a massive intellect, and a vivid imagination with a powerful voice, a dignified and noble personal appearance, dark, piercing, expressive eyes, and a lofty liberality and earnestness of sentiment - these made him, what he truly was, a powerful speaker. With all this, connect his active and never-ceasing benevolence, his strict regard for justice, his high sense of honor, together with his deep feelings of piety and the well-known purity of his whole life - these gave him a power and influence in society, of which any man might justly be proud."

The same authority said of him: " Howard was a Christian, and as such, a liberalist. I never knew a man who took so wide a view of religious liberty. He kept constantly before him, and practiced through life this truth, that our political liberty grows out of, and must ever rest upon, the great Puritanic doctrine of the direct allegiance of every man to God, and his consequent duty to serve him according to the dictates of his conscience, whatever bishops, popes, presidents or moderators may say to the contrary. The forms and ceremonies of the churches had little to do with his Christianity. I verily believe that Howard could have lived and died in any church in Christendom, a pious and devoted man."

His last words, said to his physician, were: "All is right." To another he said, "I suffer much; the paroxysm is great; but the Lord is my shepherd." In his last letter to his wife, written just before his departure from earth, he wrote, "The Lord is my shepherd; surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life."

This summary of the man's career is given in the memorial address cited:

1. An orphan at two years of age.
2. A school teacher at nineteen.
3. A self-made lawyer at twenty-one.
4. A state senator at twenty-one.
5. A successful lawyer and profound jurist at thirty.
6. A dignified and useful member of Congress at forty-one.
7. An accomplished minister to a neighboring republic at forty-six.

Oliver H. Smith, a Whig leader in Indiana, said of Howard: "He was one of the great men of the state," adding, "I have sometimes thought him not fully appreciated, as he richly deserved to be."

It was this man, after whom one of the fifty counties that were established seventy years ago, was named. His own state, just after his death, changed the name of an old county to that of Howard.