Howell, John Adams, 1840-1918, American naval officer and inventor, b. Bath, N.Y., grad. Annapolis, 1858. He served as a lieutenant throughout the Civil War, fighting under Admiral Farragut at Mobile Bay (1864). In the Spanish-American War he commanded a squadron of the North Atlantic Fleet and was promoted (1898) to rear admiral. Howell originated the gyroscopic steering torpedo, invented a flywheel torpedo, and developed torpedo-launching apparatus.
Cobb, Howell, 1815-68, American politican, b. Jefferson co., Ga. In 1837 he became solicitor general of the western judicial circuit of Georgia, a district populated largely by small farmers of Unionist sentiments. He championed their cause and from 1843 to 1851 represented them in the House of Representatives. He was elected floor leader of the Democrats in 1848 and speaker in 1849. Cobb united with the Whigs in Georgia to win approval of the Compromise of 1850. His followers and the Whigs formed the short-lived Constitutional Union party, which elected him to the governorship (1851-53). Cobb was returned to Congress in 1855, and in 1857 President Buchanan appointed him Secretary of the Treasury. After Lincoln's election he resigned, advocated secession, and was chairman of the convention in Montgomery, Ala., that organized the Confederacy. In the Civil War he rose to the rank of major general (1863) but saw little active fighting.

See H. Montgomery, Howell Cobb's Confederate Career (1959).

Howell is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 9,232 while the 2006 estimate placed the city's population at 9,854. It is the county seat of Livingston County and is located mostly within Howell Township, but is politically independent. The city is part of the South Lyon-Howell-Brighton Urban Area.

Howell is known for the Michigan Balloonfest Challenge, an annual hot air balloon festival that is usually held the third weekend of June that the city hosts.

The city is also the site of the Howell Melon Festival, an annual celebration of the Howell melon, a juicy hybrid cantaloupe known to grow only in the surrounding area. The three day festival, held in mid-August, draws approximately 50,000 visitors each year.


As of the census of 2000, there were 9,232 people, 3,857 households, and 2,248 families residing in the city. The population density is 2,245.8 per square mile (867.3/km²). There are 4,088 housing units at an average density of 994.5/sq mi (384.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city is 95.97% White, 0.31% African American, 0.61% Native American, 1.23% Asian, 0.18% Pacific Islander, 0.73% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. 2.16% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 3,857 households out of which 30.4% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.8% are married couples living together, 12.6% have a female householder with no husband present, and 41.7% are non-families. 33.6% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.9% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.29 and the average family size is 2.96.

In the city the population is spread out with 24.1% under the age of 18, 10.9% from 18 to 24, 33.6% from 25 to 44, 18.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 33 years. For every 100 females there are 96.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 90.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $43,958, and the median income for a family is $57,149. Males have a median income of $44,980 versus $27,956 for females. The per capita income for the city is $22,254. 6.6% of the population and 4.6% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 7.2% of those under the age of 18 and 7.9% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.


Elementary Schools

  • Northwest Elementary School (Eagles)
  • Southwest Elementary School (Coyotes)
  • Southeast Elementary School (Super Stars)
  • Challenger Elementary School (Space Pups)
  • Voyager Elementary School
  • Latson Road Elementary School (Dragons)
  • Hutchings Elementary School (Hurricanes)

Middle Schools

  • Three Fires Middle School (Timberwolves)
  • Highlander Way Middle School (Hawks)
  • McPherson Middle School (Tigers) was converted to the Howell High School Freshman Campus after Three Fires Middle School opened in the 2002-2003 school year.

High Schools


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.3 square miles (11.2 km²), of which, 4.1 square miles (10.6 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it is water. The total area is 4.64% water.

Major highways

I-96 Business Loop


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