Samuel Howard, as trustee of Henderson County, and one of its old citizens and farmers, was born in 1823 in North Carolina, son of William and Ursley (Henson) Howard, both of English descent, and both natives of North Carolina. The father was an agriculturist and came to Henderson County in 1825, where he remained until his death. He was one of the first white settlers and most successful farmers, owning about 1,000 acres of land. He died in 1868 and his wife two years later. To them were born twelve children, Samuel being the fifth. He received his education in the common schools of Henderson County, remaining at home until he was twenty-four years of age. In 1847 he married Mary, daughter of Richard and Mary Timberlake. She was born in Henderson County in 1831, and died in 1864. She became the mother of six children, four of whom are living: Richard W, Charles F., James N., and Melvina, wife of K. Flake. Mr. Howard married the second time, in 1870, to Bettie H. Hinkle, a lady of Kentucky. Mr. Howard is a Democrat, previous to the war a Whig, and cast his first presidential vote for Henry Clay in 1844. In 1850 he was elected constable and served two years. In 1853 he was made justice of the peace of the Tenth District, and for three years adjusted all difficulties brought before him with judicial fairness, but resigned after that length of time. In 1877he was elected trustee of Henderson County, by the county court to fill the unexpired term of B. A. Priddy, who resigned. In 1878-80-82-84 he was re-elected by a large majority, thus illustrating his popularity and the satisfaction he had given the people. His successor, Mr. A. G. Douglass, took possession of the office Monday, September, 1886. Mr. Howard is one of the most prosperous farmers in this section, owning about 1,700 acres of valuable land. He is a member of the Masonic Fraternity, Blue Lodge, No. 64, and Chapter No. ___. His wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.
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