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Howe, Hezekiah, 1775-1838



  • Existence: 1775 - 1838

Hezekiah Howe, bookseller and publisher in New Haven, Connecticut. He was born in Killingly, Connecticut, in 1775, married Lydia Wilkinson in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1809, and died in New Haven on May 26, 1838. Howe formed partnerships with several New Haven booksellers including Isaac Beers (1806-1812), DeLauzon DeForest (1812-1815), George Spalding (1818-1823), and briefly in New York, with William R. Dwight (1821-1822). At other times he operated under his own name or as Hezekiah Howe & Co. with partners Augustus Russell Street (1824-1832) and Howe's son-in-law Alfred Terry (1832-1835). The firm was succeeded by Herrick and Noyes, whose partners were Edward Claudius Herrick (1811-1862) and Benjamin Noyes (1816-1891). In addition to his book businesses, Howe served as brigadier general of the Second Brigade of the Connecticut Militia, managed several bridge and canal lotteries in Connecticut, was part owner of a cotton factory in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and became owner, editor, and publisher of the Connecticut Journal in 1826.

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Account and bill of James. G. Percival, 1830-32

 Part of Collection — Box: 64, Folder: GROUP 2515, F-2
Call Number: GEN MSS MISC
Scope and Contents: Autograph manuscript accounts of books purchased by James G. Percival from Hezekiah Howe & Co. booksellers, New Haven, Connecticut, between 1830 and 1832.

With a bill for same, with interest and credits, from 1832 to 1835.
Dates: 1830-32, 1835

Account book, 1826-44

 Part of Collection — Box: 64, Folder: GROUP 2515, F-1
Call Number: GEN MSS MISC
Scope and Contents: Autograph manuscript account book, presumably in the hand of Howe.

Written on cover: "Hezekiah Howe in a/c with Mechanics Bank."

Bound in calf.
Dates: 1826-44

Morris Tyler family collection of John James Audubon

Call Number: GEN MSS 85
Overview: The Morris Tyler Family Collection of John James Audubon consists of correspondence of John James Audubon and members of his family, third party correspondence that relates to Audubon and his work, manuscripts by Audubon and others, and a small amount of family papers. Also included are research files about Audubon compiled by the Morris Tyler family, descendants of Audubon, and a nineteenth century autograph collection presumably amassed by a family member.The John James Audubon component...
Dates: 1697-1982, bulk 1820-1855

Hezekiah Howe Papers

Call Number: GEN MSS 1365
Overview: The Hezekiah Howe Papers consist of fifteen bound volumes of manuscript records documenting three bookselling firms in New Haven, Connecticut, in which Howe was partner or owner: Beers & Howe, Howe & DeForest, and Hezekiah Howe & Co. The volumes include four bookshop inventories (1812, 1815, 1832, 1835) and four letter books (1811-1818 and 1833-1838), with financial records consisting of two ledgers (1829-1837), two journals (1831-1838), a day book (1832-1841), and two waste books...
Dates: 1811-1841

Morse Family Papers

Call Number: MS 358
Overview: The principal figures in this collection are Jedidiah Morse (1761-1826) and his sons Samuel Finley Breese Morse (1791-1872) and Richard Cary Morse (1795-1868). More than half of the collection is made up of correspondence (1779-1868) among members of the family. Also included are legal and financial papers, sermons by Jedidiah and Richard Cary Morse, travel journals, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, printed matter, and photographs.
Dates: 1779-1868