HOWE, FREDERIC C. (21 Nov. 1867-3 Aug. 1940), Progressive reformer, was born in Meadville, Pa. to Andrew Jackson and Jane Clemson Howe. He graduated from Allegheny College (1889) and Johns Hopkins University (Ph.D., 1892), entered law school in New York, then settled in Cleveland in 1894, working for the law firm of Harry & Jas. Garfield, becoming a partner in 1896.
Howe became active in the work of Goodrich Social Settlement, the Municipal Assoc. (see
Howe published a book on taxation (1896); The City: The Hope for Democracy (1905); The Confessions of a Monopolist (1906); and The British City: The Beginnings of Democracy (1907) while in Cleveland. He lectured at Cleveland College of Law and Western Reserve University. In New York, Howe was director of the People's Institute (1911-14) and commissioner of immigration for the port (1914-19). In 1932 Howe supported Franklin D. Roosevelt and was appointed consumers' counsel in the Agricultural Adjustment Admin., resigning in 1937. In 1904, Howe married Marie H. Jenney (d. 1934), a Unitarian minister and prominent feminist. They had no children. Howe died in Martha's Vineyard, New York and was buried in Meadville, Pennsylvania.
Howe, Frederic C. The Confessions of a Reformer (1925).