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Dr. William Howard

Birthdate: (40)
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: August 25, 1834 (40)
Baltimore, Maryland, United States (apoplexy)
Place of Burial: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Gov./Col. John Eager Howard, Continental Army and Margaret Oswald Howard
Husband of Rebecca Ann Howard
Father of William Key Howard, CSA; Louise Emily Howard and Philip Barton Howard
Brother of Brig. Gen. John Eager Howard, Jr.; Gov. George Howard; Rep. Benjamin Chew Howard; Julianna Elizabeth McHenry; James Howard and 3 others

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About Dr. William Howard

William Howard (1793–1834) was an American mechanical engineer who was one of the first to work for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. When the railroad built its first cars using friction bearings first developed by Ross Winans, Howard made his own design and patented it on November 2, 1828.

William Howard served as a private in the War of 1812 in Capt. Henry Thompson's First Baltimore Horse Artillery (aka Capt Thompson's Co of Cavalry, MD Militia) that saw action in 1814 as a cavalry messenger/observation unit at the Battles of Bladensburg and Baltimore in addition to being the personal guard of Maj. Gen. Samuel Smith, commander of the 3rd Division. William was son of Col. John Eager Howard and Margaretta Chew and m. Rebecca Ann Key (d/0 Philip Barton Key) on 14 May 1828 in Georgetown. William and Rebecca had issue : William Key b 27 Jul 1829, Louisa Emily b. 5 Dec 1830, and Philip Barton b. 5 Jan 1834. Dr William Howard received his M.D. from the University of MD in 1817 and went abroad to study at Paris hospitals. While there he and Dr J van Rensselaer climbed Aetna and Vesuvius and then were the first American to scale Mont Blanc in 1819. He returned to Baltimore and became adjunct professor of anatomy at the U of MD Medical School. In 1822, he was co-designer of the McKim Free School building; in 1829 he built a similar Greek Revival mansion on the corner of Charles and Franklin Streets (later became the Athenaeum Club).From 1823 on he was a U.S. Civil Engineer commissioned by the War Department to survey transportation routes ( 1823 for the C&O Canal, 1827 for the B&O railway, 1828 for Charleston to Hamburg railway, 1829 for South Carolina Canal & Rail Road Co, 1829 for Chicago harbor and the Illinois & Michigan Canal, 1833 for canal from Ohio River to National Road at Brownsville). He died of apoplexy at his residence on Franklin Street and was buried in the Howard vault in Old St Paul's Cemetery and his daughter Louisa and son Philip joined him dying young at age 4 and 3 respectively in 1835 and 1837 ( all burial recorded in St. Paul's Church Records 1826-1935).

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Dr. William Howard's Timeline

December 16, 1793
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
September 27, 1829
Age 35
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Age 36
August 25, 1834
Age 40
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Age 40
May 16, 1964
Age 40
November 21, 1964
Age 40
February 16, 1966
Age 40
Baltimore, Maryland, United States