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Biography of David Millington Howard

David Millington Howard. Rossville counts among its departed benefactors few who occupied a larger or more prominent place in the life of the community than did the late David Millington Howard. One of the leading farmers and stockmen of Shawnee County, to his study and investigation the agriculturists of this section are largely indebted for their knowledge of conditions and modern methods, and as a financier he was active in the promotion of some of the leading banking institutions of this part of the county. Moreover, he was a citizen of sterling character, whose influence for good was felt in whatever walk of life his activities were centered. Mr. Howard was born on a farm near Shaftebury, Vermont, October 15, 1841, a son of Jared and Mary Ann (Matson) Howard, also natives of that place, where the father was born in 1800 and the mother in 1809. Jared Howard was a son of Otis and Polly (Millington) Howard, the former a native of Jamaica, Vermont, and the latter of Shaftsbury. Otis Howard fought as a soldier of the Continental army during the War of the American Revolution, and suffered all the privations and hardships which the patriots of the time often had to endure in that struggle, he and his comrades at one time being reduced to the flesh of dead horses for their food. His father and two brothers had emigrated to America prior to the Revolution from England. Otis Howard had a brother Jared and another named Enos J. The former’s daughter, Sylvia, became the mother of ex-President William Howard Taft. Otis and Polly (Millington) Howard were...

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