Representative James W. Howard View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 4/28/1967
Birth Place: Lincolnshire, England
Birth Country: England
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Assemblies Served:
House: 56 (1955) - 57 (1957)
Home County: Howard
James W. Howard
Howard County


MR. SPEAKER: Your committee, appointed to prepare a suitable resolution commemorating the life, character and public service of the late Honorable James Howard, begs leave to submit the following memorial:

James W. Howard was born June 2, 1884, in Lincolnshire, England. He came to this country in 1888 at the age of four years. He attended the rural schools of Winneshiek county and Breckenridge Institute in Decorah.

He was married to Elizabeth L. Sexton in the Decorah St. Benedict’s Catholic church, June 27, 1911. Mr. and Mrs. Howard became the parents of seven children, all of whom survive. Mrs. Howard died in 1953. Mr. Howard was a lifetime resident of the community since his coming to this country as a small boy with the exception of three years (1915-1918) spent in Postville , and two years (1925-27) in New Orleans.

Mr. Howard was first engaged in farming and later entered the men’s clothing business in Cresco from 1911 to 1951.

He was a member of the Assumption church, the Cresco Knights of Columbus and the Holy Name society. He was president of the Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the county Boy Scout board.

Mr. Howard, a Democrat, served in the Iowa House of Representatives in the Fifty-sixth and Fifty-seventh sessions of the General Assembly as representative of Howard county. He died April 28, 1967.

Surviving Mr. Howard are his children, including Mrs. C. J. (Gladys) Flick of Minneapolis, Charles E. Howard of Florham Park, N.J., J. Robert Howard of Cresco, John W. Howard of Beaver Dam, Wis., Mrs. Paul C. (Betty) Grange of Waterloo, James Howard of Cedar Rapids, and Mrs. Robert (Joan) Murray of Cresco. There are 27 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE SIXTY-SECOND GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF IOWA: That in the passing of the Honorable James W. Howard, the state has lost an honored citizen and a faithful and useful public servant, and the House by this resolution would express its appreciation of his service, and tender its sympathy to the members of his family.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That a copy of this resolution be spread upon the Journal of the House and that the Chief Clerk be directed to forward an enrolled copy to the family of the deceased.