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HOWARD, James H. W., real estate agent, notary public and secretary of the Inter-State Fair, Harrisburg, Pa., is a native of Hamilton, Canada, and was born March 9, 1859. He is a son of Hamilton and Virginia (Munroe) Howard, the former a native of Virginia, now resideing in Harrisburg, the latter a native of Hamilton, Canada, who died in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1876.

He received his primary education in the public schools of his native city, and when fourteen years of age he removed to Buffalo, N. Y., and completed his education in the high school. He was employed with Dr. Thomas F. Rochester of that city for about five years. For the two following years he was engaged in the produce business in Chicago, and in 1878 he removed to Harrisburg. Here he also engaged in the produce business until 1884, when he embarked in the nedwspaper business as publisher of the State Journal. In 1886 he published a work entitled "Bond and Free," the story being based on an incident in his father's life. In 1889 he began the publication of Howard's Negro American Monthly. In 1890 he published a book entitled "Color Struggles." In 1892 he entered the State department as messenger for an unexpired term, and in 1894 engaged in the real estate business. In 1882 he was elected a member of the Harrisburg city council, representing the Eighth ward, and filled this office for three years. He has been secretary of the Inter-State Fair since its organization, in 1892.

Mr. Howard was married in Washington, D. C., March 29, 1883, to Ella Dorem, daughter of Philip and Mary Dorem, of Westminster, Md. They have one child, Layton Leroy, born January 20, 1886. In political views Mr. Howard is a Democrat. He and his wife are members of the Capitol Street Presbyterian church.

Mr. Howard is a publisher of some note. He contemplates the publication of a history of colored soldiers during the late Rebellion, in the preparation of which he was ably assisted by Gen. Simon Cameron during his life. Mr. Howard is a director of the only colored building and loan association in Harrisburg. He is a member of the Chosen Friends Lodge, No. 43, A. Y. M., and of Susquehanna Lodge, No. 27, G. U. O. O. F., both meeting in Harrisburg.

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Date of Transcription: 17 Jan 2001

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