African American Lawyer and Politician
The Delta Democrat-Times (Greenville, Mississippi) 02 Feb 1961, Thu Page 12
STATE'S TOP NEGRO POLITICIAN, PERRY HOWARD, DIES IN SLEEP
Washington (AP)- Perry W. Howard, Mississippi's Republican national committeeman for 35 years, died Wed. in his sleep. Howard, a Negro, was 84.
Last year he retired from the committee. He had lived in Washington since the 20s, and practiced law.
His GOP leadership in Mississippi was challenged almost every four years at Republican national conventions after he went to his first one. In 1912, as a delegate. Howard was first named a member of the national committee in 1924. He was considered a leader of the "Black and Tan" delegations from the South that were a part of the GOP national conventions for many years after reconstruction days.
Born to slave parents in Ebenezer, Miss., he was graduated from Rust College. Holly Springs, Miss., and attended Fisk University and the University of Chicago. An attorney since 1905, he at one time was an assistant to the U.S. Attorney General.
Howard's wife died in an automobile accident here Sept 15, 1957. He leaves a son, Perry W. Jr., and a sister, Miss Sarah E. Howard, both of Washington.
Funeral services will be held at 11 am Monday at the Asbury Methodist Church here. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery.
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