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lawyer and minister

Robert Reid Howison, American lawyer and minister. member city council.


Howison, Robert Reid was born on June 22, 1820 in Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States. Son of Samuel and Helen Howison.


Studied law.


Admitted to bar June, 1841. Practiced in Richmond 1 year, then took full course Union Theological Seminary, Virginia, 1842-1844. Pastor Staunton, Virginia, Presbyterian Church 1 year.

On account of health returned to law practice in Richmond. Practiced law, Richmond, Virginia, 1846-1870. Injured in Capitol disaster, Richmond, April 1870.

After recovery reëntered ministry. Pastor or minister to Samuel Davis Church, 3d Church, Richmond City, Milden, Orange, Culpeper and Ashland. While in Richmond served as member city council.

President Board of Lancastrian Schools. Commissioner of elections. Secretary Joint Committee on Treatment of Prisoners of War.


  • Other Work

    • Author: History of Virginia, 2 vols., 1846, 1848. Fredericksburg Past and Present, 1880, 2d educated 1898. Students’ History of the United States, 1892.


Member city council.


Married Mary Elizabeth, d.

Samuel Howison

Helen Howison

Mary Elizabeth