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 Jonas Holland Howe  (1821 - 1898)

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Lived/Active: Minnesota/Massachusetts      Known for: portrait and landscape painting, politician

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Jonas Holland Howe (1821-1898) was an antebellum abolitionist, civic leader and artist from Plymouth, Minnesota and a Republican member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, serving in 1866 from the 5th Representative District in Hennepin County.

Jonas H. Howe was born in Petersham, Massachusetts on 28 April 1821 to Jonas Howe (1786-1865) and Arethusa (Negus) Howe (1789-1851). He was married on 10 June 1846, to Margaret Adele Swindell at Barre, Massachusetts, and they moved to Minnesota in 1854. Howe was trained as an artist in Massachusetts along with his cousin George Fuller and he was a proficient portrait and landscape artist.

In Minnesota, Howe was a staunch abolitionist, and he served in a number of local offices including serving as an officer of the Plymouth Home Guard militia, a Justice of the Peace, and as a School Board member. Later, he was a first sergeant from 1864-65 in Company F of the 11th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment of the Union Army during the American Civil War.

In 1866 he was elected to a one-year term in the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1866 as a Republican from the 5th Representative District in Hennepin County. He was a close political ally of Ignatius L. Donnelly and was active in the formation and politics of the Populist Party. Howe worked closely with Oliver Hudson Kelley in the founding of The National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, commonly known as the Grange, and he was a frequent contributing writer to Farm, Stock and Home, an agricultural newspaper popular in the 1870s.

Howe died at his home in Plymouth, Minnesota on 1 October 1898 and was buried at Parker's Lake Cemetery in Plymouth.

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