Hiram Howard, a former well-known manufacturing jeweler in Providence, died March 4, 1907, at Middlebury, Vermont. He was born November 26, 1834, at Woodstock, Connecticut, the son of Warner and Mary (Taft) Howard and was connected with some of the best families in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. He acquired his education in the public schools in Woodstock, in the academies of South Woodstock, Ashford and Eastford, Connecticut, and in the private school of Mr. Cook in Webster, Massachusetts. When eighteen years of age, he came to Providence and at first was employed by Moulton & Rodman as bookkeeper, but soon left them to learn the jeweler's trade. In 1857 he went to New York and, after having worked for Mr. T. B. Bynner, a jobbing jeweler, for one year, became a partner of the firm of T. B. Bynner & Co.
When the Civil War broke out he enlisted in 1861 in the Second Regiment of Artillery of New York Volunteers, serving as First Lieutenant and Adjutant in that regiment. Three years later when the regiment was honorably discharged, he again became the partner of Mr. Bynner and remained with him until 1874, when he was associated for a while with L. A. Kotzow & Co., but later went into partnership with a Mr. Nicoud as importers of watches under the firm name of Nicoud & Howard. In 1878 he went into the manufacturing jewelry business in Providence under the firm name of H. Howard & Co., and in 1884 admitted his son, Stephen C. Howard, as a partner in the business, changing the name of the firm to Howard & Son. In 1885 he decided to add a new branch to their line of product and the Howard Sterling Silverware Company was organized, with Mr. Howard as president. Several years later Mr. Howard retired from active business and the name of the firm was changed to the Roger Williams Silver Company.
Mr. Howard took much interest in public affairs and in 1889 was the Democratic candidate for Mayor. He was elected a member of the General Assembly in 1889 and 1890. He was a member of the Manufacturing Jewelers' Board of Trade, of the Reform Club of the city of New York, of the Providence Athletic Club, the Advance Club, and the Providence Press Club. In New York he was an active member of Trinity Church.
On April 18, 1854, Mr. Howard married Mary Kenyon, the daughter of the late Stephen C. Kenyon. His wife and only son survive him.
Source: Proceedings of the Rhode Island Historical Society - 1908