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Howard’s father was a medical doctor, who helped establish medical studies at Georgetown University in Washington. As a Quaker, Howard did not bear arms with the Union Army, but worked instead as a young teenager in its bloody military hospitals. In 1865 at the age of 18, he was graduated from Georgetown in medicine.

Believing himself too young to practice, Howard enrolled at the University of Virginia to do post-graduate work in chemistry. There he roomed with James Benjamin Sclater Jr. and was in the first meeting of Pi Kappa Alpha. After Virginia, he returned to Georgetown to teach. Later, he studied law at Georgetown and practiced law – first in Baltimore, Maryland, then in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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