HOWELL, Robert Beecher (1864-1933)

HOWELL, ROBERT BEECHER, a Senator from Nebraska; born in Adrian, Lenawee County, Mich., January 21, 1864; attended the public schools; graduated from the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., in 1885; attended the Detroit School of Law; moved to Omaha, Nebr., for his health in 1888; State engineer of Nebraska 1895-1896; city engineer of Omaha 1896-1897; lieutenant in the United States Navy during the Spanish-American War; member, State senate 1902-1904; member of the Omaha Water Board and its successor, the Metropolitan Utilities District 1904-1923; general manager of the Metropolitan Utilities District 1912-1923; elected Republican national committeeman in 1912, 1916, and 1920; unsuccessful Republican candidate for Governor of Nebraska in 1914; lieutenant in the United States Naval Reserve Force 1917-1923; chairman of the radio commission, United States Post Office Department 1921; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1922; reelected in 1928, and served from March 4, 1923, until his death in Washington, D.C., March 11, 1933; chairman, Committee on Claims (Seventieth through Seventy-second Congresses); interment in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Omaha, Nebr.

Nebraska State Historical Society
Lincoln, NE
Papers: 1923-1933. 64 linear feet. Correspondence, legislative bill files, committee files, appointment files, subject files, and photographs relating to service in Senate. Topics include agriculture, farm relief, public utilities, public power, and radio broadcasting.
Additional Papers: Correspondence in Ernest Bert Perry papers, 1899-1958.

  • O'Brien, Patrick G. "Senator Robert B. Howell: A Midwestern Progressive and Insurgent During `Normalcy'." Emporia State Research Studies 19 (December 1970): 1-28.
  • U.S. Congress. House. Memorial Services Held in the House of Representatives of the United States, Together with Remarks Presented in Eulogy of Robert B. Howell, Late a Senator from Nebraska. 73d Cong., 2d sess., 1934. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1934.