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Robert Beecher Howell

Robert Beecher Howell

Members of Congress

Class of 1885
  • Senator - Nebraska(R), 1923-1933



Robert Beecher Howell was a Senator from Nebraska. He was born in Adrian, Lenawee County, Mich., on January 21, 1864 and attended the public schools. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., in 1885. He also attended the Detroit School of Law.

In 1888, he moved to Omaha, Nebraska, for his health. He was a state engineer of Nebraska 1895-1896, and a city engineer of Omaha 1896-1897. During the Spanish-American War, he was a lieutenant in the United States Navy and from 1917-1923 he was a lieutenant in the United States Naval Reserve Force.

From 1902 to 1904 he was a member of the State senate. He was also a member of the Omaha Water Board and its successor, the Metropolitan Utilities District, 1904-1923. Of his time as a member of the Metropolitan Utilities District, he held the title of general manager from 1912 to 1923.

He was elected Republican national committeeman in 1912, 1916, and 1920. However, he was an unsuccessful Republican candidate for Governor of Nebraska in 1914. He then was chairman of the radio commission, United States Post Office Department in 1921; He was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1922, reelected in 1928, and Chairman of the Committee on Claims (Seventieth through Seventy-second Congresses). He served from March 4, 1923, until his death in Washington, D.C., March 11, 1933, upon which he was interred in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Omaha, Nebraska.

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