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Timothy Otis HOWE

(1816-1883)
Senate Years of Service:
1861-1879
Party:
Republican

HOWE, Timothy Otis, a Senator from Wisconsin; born in Livermore, Androscoggin County, Maine, February 24, 1816; attended the common schools and graduated from the Maine Wesleyan Seminary; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1839 and commenced practice in Readfield, Maine; moved to Wisconsin in 1845 and settled in Green Bay; judge of the circuit court and supreme court justice of Wisconsin 1850-1853, when he resigned; unsuccessful Republican candidate for the United States Senate in 1856; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1860; reelected in 1866 and 1872 and served from March 4, 1861, to March 3, 1879; unsuccessful candidate for reelection; chairman, Committee on Enrolled Bills (Thirty-eighth and Thirty-ninth Congresses), Committee on Claims (Thirty-ninth through Forty-second Congresses), Committee on the Library (Thirty-ninth Congress, Forty-first Congress, Forty-third through Forty-fifth Congresses); served as a commissioner for the purchase of the Black Hills territory from the Indians; delegate to the International Monetary Conference held at Paris in 1881; appointed Postmaster General in the Cabinet of President Chester Arthur in 1881, and served until his death in Kenosha, Wis., on March 25, 1883; interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Green Bay, Wis.

Bibliography

American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography; Russell, William H. “Timothy O. Howe, Stalwart Republican.” Wisconsin Magazine of History 35 (Winter 1951): 90-99.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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