Howe, Robert, 1732-1786

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Dates:
Birth 1732
Death 1786-12-14

Biographical notes:

Robert Howe (1732-1786) was a major-general in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. He served as justice of the peace in Bladen and Brunswick counties, N.C., and member of the North Carolina Assembly.

From the guide to the Robert Howe Papers, ., 1776-1853, (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.)

Army officer.

From the description of Papers of Robert Howe, 1776-1783. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71065304

Robert Howe was born in Bladen County (later known as Brunswick County), North Carolina. He was educated in England. Howe married Sarah Grange, but the two were later separated. He was a successful rice planter at Howe's Point on Cape Fear; he became a justice of the peace in 1756. In 1766, Howe was made a captain and placed in command of Fort Johnston, a post he held until 1767, then again from 1769 until 1773. He was also a member of the North Carolina provincial Committee of Correspondence. In 1775, How was commissioned a colonel in the North Carolina 2nd Regiment; in 1776 he became a brigadier-general and was sent to South Carolina. He was ordered to the command of Savannah in 1778, a campaign which proved unsuccessful. Howe was then sent to Pennsylvania and New Jersey in 1781 to suppress troop mutinies. In 1786 he was elected to the House of Commons, but died before taking seat.

From the description of Robert Howe letters, 1778-1779. (Georgia Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 84841509

"In 1732, Robert Howe was born in Brunswick County, North Carolina. He emerged as the colonies' highest-ranking officer during the Revolutionary War. In November 1786, Howe died at his home in Brunswick County." -- "Robert Howe (1732-1786)" from the North Carolina History Project, http://www.northcarolinahistory.org/encyclopedia/56/entry (Accessed June 16, 2009)

From the description of General Robert Howe letter, 1779. (University of Georgia). WorldCat record id: 419566537

Major-General in Continental Army during American Revolution.

From the description of Robert Howe papers, 1776-1853 [manuscript]. (Oceanside Free Library). WorldCat record id: 23158829

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Subjects:

  • Generals--18th century--Correspondence
  • Courts-martial and courts of inquiry--History--18th century

Occupations:

  • Army officers

Places:

  • United States (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Savannah (Ga.) (as recorded)
  • Georgia (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Georgia (as recorded)
  • Savannah (Ga.) (as recorded)
  • Georgia (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • South Carolina (as recorded)
  • Florida (as recorded)