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HOWELL, David, jurist, born in New Jersey, 1 January, 1747; died in Providence, Rhode Island, 29 July, 1826. He was graduated at Princeton in 1766, and, removing to Rhode Island, was appointed professor of mathematics and natural philosophy in Brown in 1769, also holding the chair of law from 1790 till 1824. In the interval he filled the several offices of member of the Continental congress in 1782-'5, attorney-general in 1789, judge of the supreme court, commissioner for settling the boundaries of the United States, and district attorney, and from 1812 until his death was a district judge of Rhode Island. Brown gave him the degree of LL.D. in 1793. Judge Howell was distinguished for wit, learning, and eloquence, and was a forcible political speaker.--His son, Jeremiah Brown, senator, born in Providence, R. I, in 1772; died there in November, 1822, was graduated at Brown in 1789, studied law, and was admitted to practice. In 1810 he was elected to the United States senate as a Federalist, and served from 1811 till 1817. Dartmouth gave him the degree of A. M. in 1791.
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