A Tarboro lawyer with twenty-five years of active experience, William Oscar Howard has frequently been honored with the more important offices of county and city and has a well secured reputation among the lawyers of that section of the state. 

He was born in Edgecombe County November 19, 1871, son of James T. and Margaret L. (Page) Howard.  His father was a well to do farmer at Conetoe, North Carolina.

He received his education in the public schools, in the Davis School conducted by Col. A. C. Davis, and took his college work in Wake Forest College, where he was graduated in 1891.  He studied law in the University of North Carolina and was admitted to the bar in February, 1893.  Since then he has been looking after a large general practice at Tarboro. 

Mr. Howard was elected to the North Carolina Legislature in 1895.  In his home city he served as mayor two terms, as city attorney for a number of years, and also as county attorney.  He is a member of the Tar Heel Club and is a steward in the Methodist Episcopal Church.

November 6, 1901, he married Miss Kate Taylor, of Mount Airy, North Carolina.  They have two children, Katherine and Margaret Page.

Transcription from the book, North Carolina, the Old North State and the New, volume V, published in 1941, page 101, found on the website, Hathitrust Digital Library (http://www.hathitrust.org), accessed 14 June 2021. 

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