John Eager Howard


Personal and Family Information

John was born on 4 JUN 1752 in Pikesville, Baltimore, Maryland, the son of unknown parents.

He died on 12 OCT 1827 in Belvidere, Baltimore, Maryland.

His wife was Margaret Oswald Chew, who he married on 18 MAY 1787 in Christ Church, Philadelphia.. Their four known children were George (1789-1846), Benjamin Chew (1791-1872), Charles (1802-1869) and Juliana Elizabeth (1796-1821).


Birth4 JUN 1752
Place: Pikesville, Baltimore, Maryland
Death12 OCT 1827
Place: Belvidere, Baltimore, Maryland
BurialOCT 1827
Place: Baltimore, Maryland
Address: Old St Paul's Cemetery
Other EventFROM 1776 TO 1781
Place: Maryland
Type: Military Service
Address: Battle of Cowpens bayonet Charge 1781 Captain in the 2nd Maryland Battalion of the Flying Camp
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OccupationFROM 1788 TO 1791Governor of Maryland
Place: Maryland


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Revolutionary War Continental Army Officer, Continental Congressman, US Senator. In July 1776, he accepted a Captaincy in the 2nd Maryland Battalion of the Flying Camp and was sent to White Plains, New York, where he battled the British. He distinguished himself with leadership and bravery at Germantown, the Battle of Camden, and the Battle of Cowpens. Congress voted him a medal and he became known as the “Hero of Cowpens”. At the conclusion of the war, he returned to Baltimore and was a Delegate to the Continental Congress, Governor of Maryland, and US Senator. In the War of 1812, he helped organize the defenses of Baltimore City. In 1816, he was candidate for Vice President of the United States. (bio by: Christos Christou Jr.) 


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  Cornelius Howard (1717 - 1771)

  Rachel Ridgely Worthington Howard (1722 - ____)



  George Howard (1789 - 1846)*

  Benjamin Chew Howard (1791 - 1872)*

William Howard (1793 - 1834)*

  Charles Howard (1802 - 1869)*



  Margaret Oswald Chew Howard (1760 - 1827)

Find A Grave Memorial# 5623743

Howard, John Eager (1752-1827) — of Maryland. Born in Baltimore County, Md., June 4, 1752. Father of George Howard and Benjamin Chew Howard. Colonel in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War;

Delegate to Continental Congress from Maryland, 1787-88;

Governor of Maryland, 1788-91;

member of Maryland state senate, 1791-94;

Presidential Elector for Maryland, 1792;

U.S. Senator from Maryland, 1796-1803;

received 22 electoral votes for Vice-President, 1816.

Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons. Died in Baltimore, Md., October 12, 1827.

Interment at Old St. Paul's Church Cemetery, Baltimore, Md.

Howard County, Md. is named for him.

◦ See also: congressional biography.