Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949

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Howard, Volney Erskine

Howard, Volney Erskine, a Representative from Texas; born in Norridgewock, Somerset County, Maine, October 22, 1809; completed preparatory studies; attended Bloomfield Academy and Waterville College; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1832 and commenced practice in Brandon, Miss.; member of the State house of representatives in 1836; chosen by the legislature to carry the electoral vote for Van Buren to Washington, D.C.; reporter of the supreme court of the State of Mississippi; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for election in 1840 to the Twenty-seventh Congress; editor of the Mississippian; fought duels with Sergeant S. Prentiss and Alexander G. McNutt; moved to New Orleans, La., and was admitted to the bar there; moved to San Antonio, Tex., in 1847; member of the first State constitutional convention; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-first and Thirty-second Congresses (March 4; 1849-March 3, 1853); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1852 to the Thirty-third Congress; sent on a special mission to California by the President; resigned, and engaged in the practice of law in San Francisco, Calif.; moved to Los Angeles in 1861 and continued the practice of law; district attorney 1861-1870; declined the nomination for judge of the supreme court; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1878 and 1879; elected judge of the superior court of Los Angeles in 1879; retired at the end of one term on account of ill health; died in Santa Monica, Calif., May 14, 1889; interment in Fort Hill Cemetery, Los Angeles, Calif.

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Chicago: U.S. Congress, "Howard, Volney Erskine," Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949 in U.S. Congress, Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774–1949 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1950), P.1337 Original Sources, accessed April 24, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D39KT3JHD86INYR.

MLA: U.S. Congress. "Howard, Volney Erskine." Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949, in U.S. Congress, Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774–1949 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1950), P.1337, Original Sources. 24 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D39KT3JHD86INYR.

Harvard: U.S. Congress, 'Howard, Volney Erskine' in Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949. cited in , U.S. Congress, Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774–1949 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1950), P.1337. Original Sources, retrieved 24 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D39KT3JHD86INYR.