HOWARD, Volney Erskine (1809-1889)

HOWARD, VOLNEY ERSKINE, a Representative from Texas; born in Norridgewock, Somerset County, Maine, October 22, 1809; completed preparatory studies; attended Bloomfield Academy and Waterville College; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1832 and commenced practice in Brandon, Miss.; member of the State house of representatives in 1836; reporter of the supreme court of the State of Mississippi; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for election in 1840 to the Twenty-seventh Congress; editor of the Mississippian; moved to New Orleans, La., and was admitted to the bar there; moved to San Antonio, Tex., in 1847; member of the first State constitutional convention; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-first and Thirty-second Congresses (March 4, 1849-March 3, 1853); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1852 to the Thirty-third Congress; engaged in the practice of law in San Francisco, Calif.; moved to Los Angeles in 1861 and continued the practice of law; district attorney 1861-1870; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1878 and 1879; elected judge of the superior court of Los Angeles in 1879; retired at the end of one term on account of ill health; died in Santa Monica, Calif., May 14, 1889; interment in Fort Hill Cemetery, Los Angeles, Calif.

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Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts
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Papers: In the Thomas Jefferson Rusk Papers, 1853, 1 item.
A letter from Thomas Jefferson Rusk to President Franklin Pierce written on March 7, 1853. The letter recommends Samuel D. Hay as U. S. District Attorney for the district of Texas. The letter is also signed by others, as well as V. B. Howard.

  • Howard, Volney Erskine. Speech of Hon. Volney E. Howard, of Texas, on the Mexican Boundary Question--the Pacific Railroad--the Collins Steamers. Washington: Printed at the Congressional Globe Office, 1852.
  • ------. Speech of the Hon. V. E. Howard, of Texas, against the admission of California, and the dismemberment of Texas. Delivered in the House of Representatives, June 11, 1850, in the Committee of the Whole on the California message. Washington: Gideon & Co., printers, 1850.