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Gov. Richard Bond Howell

Birthdate: (50)
Birthplace: Newark, New Castle, Delaware, United States
Death: 1802 (50)
Trenton, Mercer, New Jersey, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Ebenezer Howell and Sarah Howell
Husband of Kezia Howell
Father of Sarah Bond Agnew; Lt. John Franklin Howell; Maj. Richard Lewis Howell; Charles Burr Howell; William Burr Howell and 3 others
Brother of Samuel Howell; Dr. Lewis Bond Howell; Sarah Howell; Ebenezer Howell; Azariah Howell and 5 others

Occupation: governor of New Jersey
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About Richard Howell, Governor

Richard Howell (October 25, 1754 – April 28, 1802) was the third Governor of New Jersey from 1794 to 1801.


Howell was born in Newark, Delaware. He was a lawyer and soldier of the early United States Army. He served as captain and later major of the 2nd New Jersey Regiment from 1775 to 1779. Richard was a twin, his twin brother was Lewis Howell. Lewis was a physician for the 2nd New Jersey Regiment and died during the Revolutionary War. Richard was offered the role of judge advocate of the army, but turned down the appointment to practice law. He was clerk of the New Jersey Supreme Court from 1778 to June 3, 1793. He succeeded Thomas Henderson as Governor and served until 1801. Replaced as Governor by Joseph Bloomfield, Howell died the following year. He was the grandfather of Varina Howell, the second wife of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

Howell died in Trenton, New Jersey on April 28, 1802, and was buried in that city's Friends Burying Ground. Howell Township in Monmouth County is named in his honor.

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Richard Howell, Governor's Timeline

Newark, New Castle, Delaware, United States
August 5, 1783
Age 31
Age 40
Burlington Township, Burlington County, New Jersey, United States
October 12, 1794
Age 42
Trenton, NJ, USA
Age 42
Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey, United States
Age 42
February 22, 1795
Age 43
Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey, United States
Age 50
Trenton, Mercer, New Jersey, United States