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Howard, Ed (1866–1948)

B. D. Donnell Biography Entry

Ed Howard, newspaper publisher, was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on September 30, 1866. The social and economic upheaval associated with Reconstruction in the South limited his educational opportunities, and he attended local schools only for part of three terms before need forced him to find employment as a printer's apprentice at a Chattanooga newspaper. There he worked himself up to the position of journeyman printer. Howard also worked for newspapers in Memphis and Nashville before moving in 1887 to Kingston, Texas, where he assisted his older brother, Will, in the publication of a weekly newspaper. By the following year Howard had become publisher of the Wolfe City Chronicle. This weekly newspaper reflected his Southern Democrat and prohibitionist outlook. Howard moved to Wichita Falls in 1891, although he maintained ownership of the Wolfe City newspaper for two more years. He married Jettie Lee in Wolfe City in November 1893. The couple raised two sons.

In 1893, after the sale of Howard's Hunt County newspaper, he purchased an interest in the weekly Wichita Herald, which he held for five years. In 1907 he purchased the Wichita Weekly Times, and soon after, at the request of local citizens, he organized the Times Publishing Company. Through this organization Howard transformed the Weekly Times into the Wichita Daily Times, the first issue of which appeared on May 17, 1907. Howard edited this new evening newspaper, which became an immediate success. His wide-ranging editorials criticized the Ku Klux Klan and lent unswerving support to prohibition and to Democratic political candidates. As a result of his newspaper's support of Woodrow Wilson in 1912 and 1916, Howard won appointment as Wichita Falls postmaster, a position that he held until 1924. He maintained his loyalty to the Democratic party even after it selected New York governor Al Smith, a Catholic, as its presidential candidate in 1928, a choice that divided the usually Democratic South. That year Howard's Times Publishing Company acquired a morning daily, the Wichita Falls Record News.

Howard was a member of the Masonic lodge fraternity and the Wichita Falls branches of the Elks and the Kiwanis Club; in 1925 he was appointed to the board of regents of the University of Texas. As a member of the regents' finance committee, he recovered for the university royalties accruing from oil leases on its properties in West Texas. He also served as a delegate to the Democratic national conventions of 1932 and 1936. Howard died in Wichita Falls on January 13, 1948.

Louise Kelly, Wichita County Beginnings (Burnet, Texas: Eakin Press, 1982).


  • Journalism
  • Newspapers
  • Editors and Reporters
  • Publishers and Executives

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

B. D. Donnell, “Howard, Ed,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed November 27, 2020,

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