Renown as a businessman in D.C. in the early 1900s. The Dodge Brothers(now Chrysler) had said at one time (before 1922)that per capita, Washington, D.C. was the largest market for their cars in the U.S. This was largely Howards doing as he convinced his firm (Semmes)to add a new then unknown brand (Dodge) to go with the already successful line of Hudson cars. Sadly, Howards life was cut short by a freak snowstorm. The Knickerbocker Theatre roof collapsed and there was a big controversy then. Many folks were killed in what appears to have been several construction-related issues said to have the cause of the roof collapse.