Member Biography

John William Howell 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1931-1932       22 Republican
1933-1934       22 Republican
1935-1936       22 Republican
1937-1938       22 Republican

COUNTIES: Lackawanna  


05/15/1879 - 03/31/1943

John William Howell (R22) Lackawanna County 1931-1938

Early Life:

John William Howell, born May 15, 1879, Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania; son of Esdras and Mary A. Williams Howell; Central High School, Scranton; newsboy, secretary, The Republican (now The Tribune); moved Saint Louis, Missouri, then New Yok City; engaged, real estate; director, Scranton-Lackawanna Trust Company and Mortgage Guarantee Association; tax collector, Lackawanna County, 1911; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1931-1938; married, Nellie Fellows Howell, children, Jean F Howell Peck, Lois Howell Robinson, Esdras Fellows Howell, John William Howell; died March 31, 1943 (aged 63) Abington, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania; interment, Hickory Grove Cemetery, Waverly, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Tax collector, Lackawanna County, 1911

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 10th district, Lackawanna County, 1931-1938. Sponsored Single Assessment Act, repealed City Assessment Boards.

Elected, Constable of Waverly, one write in vote, an office he did not want or run for, 1941.


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members H"Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

The Tribune (Scranton, Pennsylvania) · Thursday, April 01, 1943  Page 3.

John William Howell (1879-1943) - Find a Grave Memorial