Hon. Charles Bowen Howry (CSA)

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About Hon. Charles Bowen Howry (CSA)


Charles Bowen Howry (May 14, 1844 – July 20, 1928) was a Mississippi attorney and politician, and a judge of the United States Court of Claims.

Howry was born in Oxford, Mississippi. He was a First Lieutenant in the 29th Mississippi Infantry of the Confederate Army[1] during the American Civil War, from 1862 to 1865. After the war, he received an LL.B. from the University of Mississippi, in 1867.

Howry entered private practice in Oxford, Mississippi, from 1867 to 1874, and 1878 to 1893. He was a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives, from 1880 to 1884, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi, from 1885 to 1889, and Assistant U.S. attorney general, U.S. Department of Justice, in Washington, DC, from 1893 to 1897.

Howry was nominated by President Grover Cleveland to the seat on the Court of Claims vacated by the promotion of Charles C. Nott to Chief Justice of that court. Commissioned on January 28, 1897, Howry retired from active service on March 15, 1915. He was replaced on the bench by George Eddy Downey.[1] Although he technically continued to serve in senior status until his death, he returned to private practice in 1915, and was chairman of the Board of Arbitration for New York City, 1916, and special counsel to the U.S. Department of Labor from 1918 to 1919. Judge Howry succumbed to heart failure, and was buried in Oxford, Mississippi.




Birth: May 14, 1844 Oxford Lafayette County Mississippi, USA Death: Jul. 20, 1928 Washington District of Columbia District Of Columbia, USA

HOWRY, Charles Bowen, jurist, was born at Oxford, Miss., May 14, 1844; son of Judge James M. and Narcissa(Bowen) Howry; grandson of the Rev. Daniel Howry and of Charles Bowen, and a descendant of Virginia and South Carolina families of Revolutionary stock. His first ancestors in America came to Pennsylvania and South Carolina, and the Bowens bore a conspicuous part in the battle of King's Mountain. He entered the University of Mississippi, leaving his studies at the outbreak of the civil war to enlist as a private in the 29th Mississippi infantry of the Confederate army. He was promoted 1st lieutenant before the close of the war. He served in the battles of Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, Resaca, New Hope Church, Peach Tree Creek, Atlanta, Jonesboro and Franklin, and was severely wounded at the last-named. He was graduated from the law department of the University of Mississippi in 1867 with the degree of LL.B. and began the practice of law. He declined the appointment of state attorney of Mississippi, offered him by Governor Alcorn in 1870; was a representative in the Mississippi state legislature in 1880-84: was U.S. district attorney, 1885-89; a member of the Democratic national committee, 1891-96; assistant attorney-general of the United States, 1893-96, and associate justice of the U.S. court of claims from 1896. He was elected a member of the American Bar association and of the Mississippi Historical [p.393] society. He was a member of the board of trustees of the University of Mississippi, 1882-94, and received the degree of LL.D. from the university in 1896.

--The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume V, page 393

Burial: Oxford Memorial Cemetery Oxford Lafayette County Mississippi, USA Plot: St. Peter's, Section 1

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Hon. Charles Bowen Howry (CSA)'s Timeline

May 14, 1844
Oxford, Lafayette County, Mississippi, United States
October 27, 1869
Age 25
Oxford, Lafayette, MS, USA
Age 25
Age 27
June 18, 1874
Age 30
St. Louis, MO, USA
June 22, 1878
Age 34
St. Louis, MO, USA
May 13, 1881
Age 36
July 13, 1883
Age 39