Gov. Benjamin Howard

Gov. Benjamin Howard

Male 1760 - 1814  (54 years)

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  • Name Benjamin Howard  [1
    Title Gov. 
    Born 1760  Lexington, Fayette, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 18 Sep 1814  St Louis, St Louis, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I537  mytree
    Last Modified 24 May 2018 

    Father John Howard,   d. 1834 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Mary Preston,   b. 1740, Augusta, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1814  (Age 74 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Oct 1764  [2, 3
    • In the Memorabilia of the Preston Family, he is listed as John, whereas in the papers from Mrs. Gamble Latrobe, he is listed as Benjamin Howard.
    Family ID F342  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Thompson Mason 
    Married Abt 1810 
    Last Modified 24 May 2018 
    Family ID F373  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1760 - Lexington, Fayette, Kentucky, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 18 Sep 1814 - St Louis, St Louis, Missouri, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Benjamin Howard was a Congressman from Kentucky, the first governor of Missouri Territory and a brigadier general in the War of 1812.

      Howard was born in Lexington, Kentucky (then part of Virginia) and graduated in 1797 from William and Mary College. He was elected to the Kentucky General Assembly in 1800. He served in the 10th and 11th Congresses from Kentucky from 1807 until 10 Apr 1810, when on 17 Apr 1810, James Madison appointed him Governor of Louisiana Territory (the Louisiana Purchase district north of modern-day Louisiana) which was renamed Missouri Territory in June 1812.

      He resigned his post during the War of 1812 to become brigadier general of the Eighth Military Department. During the conflict he and Nathan Boone (Daniel Boone's youngest son) attacked Sac and Fox positions in Illinois and established Fort Clark by Peoria, Illinois.

      He fell ill on the way back and died in St. Louis, Missouri. He was buried in the Old Grace Church Graveyard in downtown St. Louis and then reinterred in Bellefontaine Cemetery.

      Benjamin Howard is the namesake of Howard County, Missouri.

  • Sources 
    1. [S86] Louis Salesse.

    2. [S86] Louis Salesse, Page 25.

    3. [S94] Melissa Ward (

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