William J. Howard

William Jordan Howard (December 31, 1799 October 2, 1862), served as Mayor of Pittsburgh from 1845 to 1846.

William J. Howard
Portrait of William J. Howard,
c. 1845–1846
13th Mayor of Pittsburgh
In office
Preceded byAlexander Hay
Succeeded byWilliam Kerr
Personal details
Born(1799-12-31)December 31, 1799
Wilmington, Delaware
DiedOctober 2, 1862(1862-10-02) (aged 62)


Howard was born in Wilmington, Delaware and went to Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield. He worked as a merchant. His business was destroyed in the Great Fire of April 10, 1845. The conflagration decimated one third of the city.

Mayor Howard's administration was dedicated to helping Pittsburgh to rise from her ashes. Howard also served for many years as the President of The Board of Guardians of the Poor.

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    Preceded by
    Alexander Hay
    Mayor of Pittsburgh
    Succeeded by
    William Kerr
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