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Charles Howard (Detroit)

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Charles Howard August 7, 1804 – November 6, 1883 was mayor of Detroit in 1849


Charles Howard was born August 7, 1804, in Chenango County, New York1 His family moved to Port Jervis, New York; when Charles Howard was an adult he moved to Sackets Harbor, New York and worked as a schooner captain2 He later joined the firm of Alvin Bronson and Company later Bronson, Crocker, and Company as a shipping and forwarding commission merchant,2 and moved to Oswego, New York, to represent to firm1

In 1834 he married Margaret Vosburg The couple had two children: Mrs William J Waterman and well-known dramatist Bronson Howard1

In 1840, Howard came to Detroit, now a partner in the shipping firm of Bronson, Crocker, and Howard, to establish an agency for the firm3 In 1848, he entered a partnership with N P Stewart, continuing his shipping and forwarding business and also as a railroad contractor, building substantial portions of the Detroit and Milwaukee Railroad line,14 although his firm lost $280,000 in the project3 In 1854, Howard dissolved his partnership with Stewart and formed another one with his brother, Sebre4

Howard was simultaneously president of the Farmer's and Mechanics Bank and the Peninsular Bank,5 and in 1848 he was elected mayor of Detroit1

The Panic of 1857 caused the failure of the Peninsular Bank,4 and in 1858, Charles Howard moved to New York City6 There, Charles and Sebre Howard opened the business "Howard Brothers, Firearms," which was in business from 1863 to 18744 Charles Howard died November 6, 1883, at the house of his son-in-law13

Political offices
Preceded by
Frederick Buhl
Mayor of Detroit
Succeeded by
John Ladue


  1. ^ a b c d e f Silas Farmer 1889, THE HISTORY OF DETROIT AND MICHIGAN, p 1039 
  2. ^ a b Montrose Jonas Moses 1911, The American dramatist, Little, Brown, and company, pp 78–79 
  3. ^ a b c "The Late Ex-Mayor Howard, of Detroit" The New York Times November 9, 1883 
  4. ^ a b c d Lloyd Anton Frerer 2001, Bronson Howard, dean of American dramatists, Edwin Mellen Press, pp 13–16, ISBN 0-7734-7667-9 
  5. ^ Arthur M Woodford 1974, Detroit and its banks: the story of Detroit Bank & Trust, Wayne State University Press, p 74, ISBN 0-8143-1521-6 
  6. ^ Carlisle, Fred, ed 1890, Chronography of Notable Events in the History of the Northwest Territory and Wayne County, Detroit: OS Gulley, Bornman, pp 206–207, OCLC 13694600 

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