|Biography of Howard Family|
Dr. Charles Nelson Howard, Jr., son of Dr. Charles H. Howard Sr., and his
wife Mrs. Emaline Wooldridge Howard, is a grandson of two of Chattahoochee's
original settlers, Nimrod N. Howard and Wm. 0. Wooldridge and a great grandson
of William House who came from Wilkes to Muscogee County.
On Feb. 5, 1896, Dr. Howard married Cora Angelina, daughter of Jas. P. and Vann Osteen Brooks, whose ancestors also were among the earliest settlers in this section of Georgia.
Dr. Howard graduated from the Cusseta High School in 1886, the Medical Department, University of Georgia, 1888 and Polyclinic of New York in 1891. He began the practice of medicine in Cusseta:; but practiced in Columbus from 1909 to 1920 when he returned to Cusseta. Since then he has not only practiced his profession, but has been active in the civic and politcal affairs of the county. He has been mayor of Cusseta two terms; is a newspaper contributor and has represented this county in the legislature for half a dozen terms. He is now senator-elect from the 24th district. In all his speeches and writings, loyalty to the traditions of his people and advocacy of any legislation favorable to the inhabitants of the country- counties, one of which is his own, is evident. He was a leader in the legislation looking to the equalzation of funds that proper educational facilities may be maintained for all the children of the state.
Dr. Howard is not only one of Chattahoochee's most illustrious sons, but one of the state's mental giants. His heritage of intellectual vigor from both the Howard and Wooldridge families has been enriched through years of cultivation and now his grasp of any subject shows the marked ability of a deep thinker. And, like all deep thinkers, he not only understands the fundamental principles of legislation, but the reason for the application of those principles.
He has carried forward the family record for legislators in a manner worthy of any of his distinguished kinsmen and ancestors noted for their brilliance of intellect.
Dr. Chas. N. and Mrs. Emma (Wooldridge) Howard had three sons; a sketch of the life of the oldest preceding this; the youngest Hubert B. Howard was ordinary of this county when his death occurred February 14, 1929. Of these three brothers gifted in the art of public speaking, Hubert was considered the finest orator. But the other brother Judge G. H. Howard of Atlanta, who has had the unusual distinction of being judge in two circuits of Georgia, having first become judge of the Chattahoochee circuit which includes his home county, is the most widely known. He is a Spanish-American war veteran having been a private in Company A, First Georgia Volunteers which also enrolled several others from here—among them Frank, Charlie and Crawford Davis and Wade H. Shipp, all of whom with Judge Howard are descendants of Absolom Wooldridge whose family was among the pioneers of this section of Georgia.
Judge Howard who was educated at the Cusseta High and the Law Department of Mercer University, practiced law in Sandersville, Columbus and Atlanta; also codefied the laws of Sandersville and Columbus. He is a Baptist, Democrat, Mason, Odd Fellow, Red Man, and K. of P. His hobby, horticulture, indicates a taste inherited from ancestors who were great land owners.
He married May Belle King of Cusseta June 8, 1899: their children are Eva (Mrs. T. W. Hill—who has three sons) Ross H. m. Mary Strayhorn; Gus Hill Jr. m. Addie Myra Chandler, (one dau. Beverly DeVon), Edwin (dec'd), Charles, Catherine, May Belle and William D.
N. K. Rogers, History of Chattahoochee County, Georgia, (Pub. Columbus, Georgia, Columbus Office Supply Co., 1933).
Submitted by: Joy Fisher