Col. John Eager Howard (1752 - 1827)

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Birthplace: Baltimore, MD
Death: Died in Baltimore, MD, USA
Occupation: Revolutionary War hero and former Maryland Governor, United States Senatorfrom Maryland
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About Col. John Eager Howard

A Patriot of the American Revolution for MARYLAND with the rank of LIEUTENANT COLONEL. DAR Ancestor # A058062

John Eager Howard

Following his army service, he held several political positions: member of the Continental Congress of 1788; Governor of Maryland for three one-year terms, 1789 through 1791; State Senator from 1791 through 1795; Presidential Elector in 1792; thereafter, he joined the Federalist Party and served in the 4th Congress from November 30, 1796, through 1797 as a United States Senator for the remainder of the term of Richard Potts, who had resigned; and was elected for a Senate term of his own in 1797, which included the 5th Congress, the 6th Congress of 1799-1801 during which he was President pro tempore, and the 7th Congress, serving until March 3, 1803.[2] After 1803, he returned to Baltimore, where he avoided elected office but continued in public service and philanthropy as a leading citizen.[5] In the 1816 presidential election, he received 22 electoral votes for Vice President[3] as the running mate of Federalist Rufus King, losing to James Monroe and Governor Daniel Tompkins. No formal Federalist nomination had been made, and it is not clear whether Howard, who was only one of several Federalists who received electoral votes for Vice President, actively ran for the office.

Although he was offered the Secretaryship of War in the Administration of President George Washington, he declined it, as well as a 1798 commission to Brigadier General during the preparations for the coming Quasi-War with France.

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Col. John Eager Howard's Timeline

June 4, 1752
Baltimore, MD
May 16, 1787
Age 34
June 25, 1788
Age 36
November 21, 1789
Age 37
Annapolis, MD, USA
November 5, 1791
Age 39
Baltimore, MD, USA
December 16, 1793
Age 41
May 3, 1796
Age 43
December 17, 1797
Age 45
March 6, 1800
Age 47
April 26, 1802
Age 49