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HOWARD, HENRY PEYTON (1829–1913). Henry Peyton Howard, physician, was born in 1829 in Washington, D.C., and moved to San Antonio at the age of sixteen. He enlisted for service in the Mexican War and was commended for bravery at the battle of Buena Vista. After the war he returned to Washington, studied medicine, then returned to San Antonio to practice. He was a charter member of the Bexar Medical Society (1853) and one of the two first city physicians appointed in San Antonio in 1854, an office he held again in 1858. He served as a surgeon and staff officer during the Civil War and afterwards joined Maximilian's forces in Mexico. Dr. Howard was involved in an early venture in refrigeration in Indianola, Texas, in 1869, which was successful in shipping meat under refrigeration for the first time in the country. He was San Antonio's first Democratic postmaster after the Civil War. In 1888 he moved to Bonham and five years later to Dallas, where he died in 1913. Howard was married to Lee Weir. The couple had four daughters and three sons, including William Eager Howard.


Camilla Boykin Campbell, William Eager Howard-A Short Biography (San Antonio: Carleton Printing, 1961). Pat Ireland Nixon, A Century of Medicine in San Antonio (San Antonio, 1936).

Martha D. Utterback


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Martha D. Utterback, "HOWARD, HENRY PEYTON," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 29, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.