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David HOWELL

(1747-1824)

HOWELL, David, (father of Jeremiah Brown Howell), a Delegate from Rhode Island; born in Morristown, Morris County, N.J., January 1, 1747; attended Eaton’s Academy, Hopewell, N.J., and was graduated from Princeton College in 1766; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1768 and commenced practice in Providence, R.I.; tutor in Brown University, Providence, R.I., 1766-1769 and professor of natural philosophy 1769-1779; fellow of Brown University 1773-1824; justice of the peace in 1779; justice of the court of common pleas in 1780; Member of the Continental Congress 1782-1785; justice of the State supreme court in 1786 and 1787; attorney general of the State in 1789; secretary of Brown University 1780-1806, professor of law 1790-1824, and acting president of the university in 1791 and 1792; commissioner for settling the boundaries of the United States; district attorney of Rhode Island; judge of the United States District Court for Rhode Island from 1812 until his death in Providence, R.I., July 21, 1824; interment in North Burial Ground.

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

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