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The Late Gov. Wm. A. Howard

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The subject uf this sketch who died at Wa-shington on Saturday, April lOth, 1880, was at the time holding the position of Governor of Dakota. He had completed liis 67th year two days previous to his deatli, having been bom at Harrisburg, Yomiont, on the 8th day of April, 1813. His early days were spent as a inechanic in Albion, N. Y., where he worked at the cabinet trado until 1832, when he entered the academy at Wyoming, N. Y. Here for four years he worked his way through the tchool by employing all spare time at his trade. In 1836 he entered college at Middlebury, Vt., John O. Saxe being a cLissiiiate, both gradu&ting at the same time, in 1839. The following year he soueht the west and located in Detroit, and was for a time employed as a tutor in a branch of the Michigan University, then located in that city. It was at this time he eointnenced the study of law, and in 1842 was adtnitted to the bar, entering into immediate partnership wit.h Mr. Buel, who was elected to congresssix years later, when Mr. Howard entered into a ne partnership known as Howard, Bishop & Holbrook. Levi Bishop, of Detroit, being one of the junior members. In 1854 Mr. Howard was himself eleoted to congress as a üepublican, which party he was instrumental in forming. He served three terms in oongress, taking an active Dart in the business and debates, occupying a positioD of ïirominence, in fact a leader of bis party. Dwing the year 1860 he was chairujan of tho Republican state central oommittee, and for a portion of the time postmaster at Detroit. He declincd the appoiafiyt as minister to Chin in 1809, and in 1871 was a prominent candidate for the ssnatorship to succeed Hon. Jacob M. Howaid.but was defeated in bis aspirations, Hon. Thos. W. Ferry being the successful candidate. In 1870 Mr. Howard removed to Orand Kapids to accept the appointuient of land commissioner of the Q. K. & I. R. R. Co., which position he retained until 1876, when ill health compelled liini to rcsign. From 1872 to 1876 he was a member of the Republican national committee, and delégate at large and chairman of the Michigan delegation in the national conventions of 1868, 1872 and 1876. Some three years ago President Playea gave him the appointment of Governor of Dakota, which position he held at the time of his death. Gov. Howard has been a cripple for many yeare, suffering intensely at tinpes from ill heakh. He never was blessed with a strong physique, which was always a bar to his advancetnent. Had hia body been as souod as his mind he would have cut a much wider swath in the history of his party and country. As it was, he has been one of the leading men of our State for years, and in whatever position placed his niarked ability, genial manners and true manhood, have won for hiin enviable renown.