Frederic C. Howe, Ph.D., LL.D., '89, publicist, municipal reformer, Commissioner of Immigration at New York, cannot be assigned to one exclusive field of achievement. He is a man of action and of deeds, as well as a writer of books and a propagandist of an economic creed.
After leaving Allegheny, he took his doctorate in philosophy at the Johns Hopkins University. He there prepared the work accepted nationally as the authority on the subject, "Taxation and Taxes in the United States under the Internal Revenue System".
Dr. Howe next studied law and entered its practice in Cleveland where he remained for fifteen years. Here he was closely associated with Tom Johnson, the single-tax advocate. He became a member of the city council and served in the Ohio Senate, 1906-9. He was professor of law in the Cleveland College of Law, lecturer on taxation in Western reserve University and for three years on the staff of the University of Wisconsin, lecturing on municipal administration.
The United States sent him abroad in 1905 to investigate municipal ownership in Great Britain. He became in 1912, Director of the People's Institute, the remarkable organization for the expression of public opinion whose headquarters is the Cooper Union in New York. In 1914, Dr. Howe was made Commissioner of Immigration at the port of New York. He brings unusual experience and fine judgment to his important task. He is a conscientious servant of the State and of Society.
Smith, Ernest Ashton, History of Allegheny College, Ch. XIV, p. 521-23, 1916.
In 1904, Howe married Marie H. Jenney (d. 1934), a Unitarian minister and prominent feminist. They had no children.
The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History, online.
OAK BLUFFS, Mass., Saturday, Aug. 3 - Frederic Clemson Howe, 72 years old, chairman of the federal Agriculture Adjustment Administration and a self-described "fighting idealist" who spent a life time seeking reforms for the "average man" died today at Martha's Vineyard Hospital.
Howe served on President Wilson's board of experts at the Paris Peace Conference. At various times, Howe was a Single Taxor, a Socialist, a liberal, a radical and an executive of the Labor Party. Among his works were "The Confessions of a Monopolist," "Privilege and Democracy in America," "Denmark-A Cooperative Commonwealth," "Revolution and Democracy," and "The Confessions of a Reformer."
Seattle Daily Times, 03 Aug 1940, p. 2, Seattle, Wash.
Age at death per cemetery records: 72 yrs. 8 mos. 12 days.
Marie Hoffendal Jenney Howe
1869–1934 (m. 1903)
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