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Evan Park Howell
36th Mayor of Atlanta
In office
January 1903 – January 1905
Preceded by Livingston Mims
Succeeded by James G. Woodward
Personal details
Born (1839-12-10)December 10, 1839
Died August 6, 1905(1905-08-06) (aged 65)
Atlanta, Georgia
Resting place Westview Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia
Spouse(s) Julia Adelaide Erwin
Education Georgia Military Institute
Military service
Allegiance  Confederate States
Branch/service  Confederate States of America Army
Rank Confederate States of America Captain.png Captain
Unit 1st Georgia Infantry
Georgia Light Artillery
Battles/wars American Civil War

Evan Park Howell (December 10, 1839 – August 6, 1905) was an American politician and early telegraph operator, as well as an officer in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War.

Early years and education

A native of Warsaw, Georgia (located in what is now northern Fulton County), born to Atlanta pioneer Clark Howell, Sr., he became a runner and pupil of Atlanta's first telegraph operator, D.U. Sloan, at the age of twelve. In 1855 he attended Georgia Military Institute in Marietta. He read law in Sandersville, and briefly practiced law in Atlanta before the outbreak of war.

Military service

In 1861, he joined the infantry, enlisting in Georgia's First Regiment. Within 2 years, Howell was promoted to first lieutenant. He fought under Stonewall Jackson in Virginia, and then was sent west, where he fought in the Battle of Chickamauga and the Atlanta Campaign, in which he defended the city as a captain of artillery. He ended the war in Hardee's Corps as captain of Howell's Battery, Georgia Light Artillery.

Business and political career

Upon his return, he farmed for two years, clearing and selling lumber on his father's land near Atlanta. Then for a year he was a reporter, then city editor, of Atlanta's Daily Intelligencer. In 1869 he returned to practicing law and served in a number of political positions including member of city council, member of the state Senate, and solicitor-general of the Atlanta circuit. One of his law clients was The Constitution where he learned E.Y. Clarke was willing to sell his one half interest in the paper. In 1876 Howell purchased the 50% interest in The Atlanta Constitution and became its editor-in-chief. For the next 25 years, the paper was owned by Howell and the managing partner, William Hemphill. Both Hemphill, and later Howell, would go on to serve as Mayor of Atlanta.

With Richard Peters, Samuel M. Inman, Lemuel Grant, and James W. English, he purchased the buildings on the site of the International Cotton Exposition of 1881 and made it the Exposition Cotton Mills, which were successful for many years.

While editor of the Constitution in 1895, he sent out transcripts of Booker T. Washington's separate as the fingers speech across the country.

He served on the Atlanta city council numerous times and served as mayor shortly before his death at age 66. His son Clark Howell took up his mantel at the Constitution.

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