William J. Howard

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William J. Howard
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Portrait of William J. Howard,
c. 1845–1846
13th Mayor of Pittsburgh
In office
Preceded by Alexander Hay
Succeeded by William Kerr
Personal details
Born(1799-12-31)December 31, 1799
Wilmington, Delaware
DiedOctober 2, 1862(1862-10-02) (aged 62)

William Jordan Howard (December 31, 1799 October 2, 1862), served as Mayor of Pittsburgh from 1845 to 1846.



Howard was born in Wilmington, Delaware and went to Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield. He worked as a merchant. His business was destroyed in the Great Fire of April 10, 1845. The conflagration decimated one third of the city.

Wilmington, Delaware Largest city in Delaware

Wilmington is the largest and most populous city in the U.S. state of Delaware. The city was built on the site of Fort Christina, the first Swedish settlement in North America. It is at the confluence of the Christina River and Brandywine River, near where the Christina flows into the Delaware River. It is the county seat of New Castle County and one of the major cities in the Delaware Valley metropolitan area. Wilmington was named by Proprietor Thomas Penn after his friend Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington, who was prime minister in the reign of George II of Great Britain.

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield independent, public school for boys in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School (QEGS) is an independent, public school for boys in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England. The school was founded by Royal Charter of Queen Elizabeth I in 1591 at the request of leading citizens in Wakefield 75 in total and some of whom formed the first governing body.

Great Fire of Pittsburgh

The Great Fire of Pittsburgh occurred on April 10, 1845, destroying a third of the city and causing between $6 million and $12 million in damage. While having little effect on the culture of the city except to spur further growth, it would provide a temporal reference point for the remainder of the century and beyond.

Mayor Howard's administration was dedicated to helping Pittsburgh to rise from her ashes. Howard also served for many years as the President of The Board of Guardians of the Poor.

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    Preceded by
    Alexander Hay
    Mayor of Pittsburgh
    Succeeded by
    William Kerr