Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Howard, Henry Edward John

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HOWARD, HENRY EDWARD JOHN, D.D. (1795–1868), divine, youngest child of Frederick Howard, fifth earl of Carlisle [q. v.], and brother of George Howard, sixth earl of Carlisle [q. v.], was born at Castle Howard, Yorkshire, on 14 Dec. 1795, and entered at Eton College in 1805. He matriculated from Christ Church, Oxford, on 23 May 1814, graduated B.A. 1818, M.A. 1822, B.D. 1834, and D.D. 1838. In 1820 he was ordained deacon and priest, and in 1822 appointed succentor of York Cathedral, with the prebendal stall of Holme attached. He became dean of Lichfield and rector of Tatenhill, Staffordshire (a preferment worth 1,524l. a year with a residence), on 27 Nov. 1833, and in the following year he also obtained the rectory of Donington, Shropshire, worth 1,000l. per annum. From 1822 to 1833 he held the livings of Slingsby and Sutton-on-the-Forest, Yorkshire. He was a finished scholar and an eloquent preacher. He took a prominent part in, and contributed largely to, the restoration of Lichfield Cathedral. The establishment of the Lichfield Diocesan Training School, afterwards united to that at Saltley, as well as of the Theological College, owed much to his efforts. He died, after many years of physical infirmity, at Donington rectory on 8 Oct. 1868. He married, 13 July 1824, Henrietta Elizabeth, sixth daughter of Ichabod Wright of Mapperley Hall, Nottinghamshire, by whom he had five sons and five daughters.

Howard was the author of:

  1. Translations from Claudian, 1823.
  2. 'Scripture History in Familiar Lectures. The Old Testament,' 1840, being vol. ii. of the 'Englishman's Library.'
  3. 'Scripture History. The New Testament,' 1840, being vol. xiv. of the 'Englishman's Library.'
  4. 'The Rape of Proserpine. The Phoenix and the Nile,' by C. Claudianus, translated 1854.
  5. 'The Books of Genesis according to the Version of the LXX,' translated, with notes, 1855.
  6. 'The Books of Exodus and Leviticus according to the Versions of the LXX,' translated with notes, 1857.
  7. 'The Books of Numbers and Deuteronomy according to the LXX,' translated, with notes, 1857.

[Guardian, 14 Oct. 1868, p. 1148; Burke's Portrait Gallery of Females, 1838, ii. 99-100, with portrait of Mrs. Howard; Illustrated London News, 17 Oct. 1868, p.386.]

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