Benjamin Chew Howard (son of
John Eager Howard
and Margaretta Chew Howard) was graduated at Princeton in 1809, studied law, and practiced in Baltimore. In 1814 he assisted in organizing" troops for the defense of Baltimore, and commanded the "mechanical volunteers" at the battle of North Point on 12 September of that year.
He served in congress in 1829-1833, having been chosen as a Democrat, and again in 1835-1839, when he was chairman of the committee on foreign relations, and drew up its report on the boundary question.
From 1843 till 1862 he was reporter of the Supreme Court of the United States; and in 1861 he was a delegate to the peace congress.
Princeton gave him the degree of LL.D. in 1869.
He published "Reports of Cases in the Supreme Court of the United States from 1843 till 1855" (Baltimore, 1855).
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