James M. Howard, a citizen of Pleasant Township, was born in Switzerland County, Ind., August 19, 1840, and was the son of John W. and Aletha (March) Howard, both of whom were natives of the State of Kentucky. He grew to manhood in his native county on the old homestead, and was married in that county, January 24, 1866, to Lydia Rayl; she is also a native of Switzerland County, born December 29, 1845, and was the daughter of Eli and Elizabeth (Lineback) Rayl, both of whom were natives of Switzerland County. Mr. and Mrs. Howard began their married life in Switzerland County, but in August, 1867, they came to this county, and located on the farm they now occupy. The entire attention of Mr. Howard has been given to farming. His farm contains 140 acres, about ninety of which are in cultivation. It contains a handsome residence, and is substantially improved. Mr. and Mrs. Howard have had six children: Authur, born November 16, 1866, deceased; Ammi U., January 26, 1868; Clara B., November 2, 1869; Clarence E., September 3, 1874, deceased; Stella V., January 13, 1879, and Grace, December 12, 1880. Our subject and wife are members of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. Howard is a member of the Masonic fraternity, having reached the Royal Arch degree. In politics, he is a republican. He is one of the prosperous farmers of his township, and he and wife are among its best citizens.