Benjamin Chew Howard


Personal and Family Information

Benjamin was born on 5 NOV 1791 in Belvedere, near Baltimore, Maryland, the son of John Eager Howard and Margaret Oswald Chew.

He died on 6 MAR 1872 in Baltimore, Maryland.

His wife was Jane Grant Gilmore, who he married in ABT 1829 in probably Maryland. They had no known children.

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


Benjamin Chew Howard


John Eager Howard


Margaret Oswald Chew


Benjamin Chew


Elizabeth Oswald



Birth5 NOV 1791
Place: Belvedere, near Baltimore, Maryland
Death6 MAR 1872
Place: Baltimore, Maryland
BurialMAR 1872
Place: Green Mount Cemetery
Type: Find A Grave Memorial# 7527644
Address: Baltimore, Maryland
Other Event1812
Type: Military Service
Address: General in US Army


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Lawyer, Politician, US Congressman. Born at "Belvedere" near Baltimore, Maryland he was a son of John Eager Howard and his wife Margaret Oswald Chew.

He pursued classical studies, and was graduated from Princeton in 1809. After studying law he was admitted to the bar and practiced in Baltimore. He served in the War of 1812 and was promoted to command of the Fifth Regiment becoming a brigadier general.

In 1814 he assisted in organizing" troops for the defense of Baltimore, and commanded the "mechanical volunteers" at the battle of North Point on 12 September of that year.

Politically he first served as a member of the city council of Baltimore in 1820; following which he served as a Member of the Maryland State House of Delegates from 1824 to 1825,

then he was elected as a Jacksonian to the United States Congress three times and once as a Democrat.

He served in congress in 1829-1833, having been chosen as a Democrat, and again in 1835-1839, when he was chairman of the committee on foreign relations, and drew up its report on the boundary question.

From 1843 till 1862 he was reporter of the Supreme Court of the United States; and in 1861 he was a delegate to the peace congress.

Princeton gave him the degree of LL.D. in 1869.

He published "Reports of Cases in the Supreme Court of the United States from 1843 till 1855" (Baltimore, 1855).

He was a member of the Maryland State Senate from 1840 to 1841, and Delegate to the Maryland State Constitutional Convention in 1850. He was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Governor of Maryland in 1861. He died in Baltimore. (bio by: D C McJonathan-Swarm) 



  John Eager Howard (1752 - 1827)

  Margaret Oswald Chew Howard (1760 - 1827)

Burial: Green Mount Cemetery

Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Find A Grave Memorial# 7527644