Biography of John W. Howson
Madison County, NY Biographies





Howson, John W., was born in Cazenovia, April 7, 1847, and boasts a substantial ancestry, his father, Robert Howson, having been born and bred in England, while his mother, Elizabeth Mitchell, was a native of Scotland. Mr. Howson was educated in the common schools of Cazenovia and at the Seminary. In 1864 he became a clerk in the postoffice (Captain Seneca Lake, postmaster), and remained in that capacity until appointed postmaster in 1871. From that date until 1883 he served continuously. He was again appointed postmaster July 25, 1891, and served until July 1, 1896, exceeding his term nearly a year. Mr. Howson was a charter member of the Board of Education of Union Free School District No. 10, Cazenovia, organized November 26, 1875, and served upwards of twenty years, being president of the board from September 1, 1885, to August 5, 1896. He was also president of the Board of Sewer Commissioners, having charge of the construction of the excellent system of sewers built in Cazenovia in 1894-5, and it is due to his and their efforts that the village is in possession of one of the finest sewerage Systems in the State. In politlcs he has been a lifelong Republican and an active worker in the party. In 1873 he was clerk of the village, and was elected president of the village in 1897, serving one term. When the Western Union Telegraph office was established in Cazenevia in 1866. Mr. Howson was put in charge, and has acted as operator and manager ever since, still retaining it in his business office as a "Mascot." at the present date, January 1, 1900. He is a member of Cazenovia Lodge, No. 616, F. & A. M., a trustee of the Presbyterian church, and vice president of the Cazenovia Public Library Society.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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