William Henry Howland, a son of William Howland and his wife, Mary C. Winslow, was born in Vassalborough, Maine, August 5, 1831. At the age of sixteen he went to the Quaker School at Providence, Rhode Island, and remained there two years, after which he alternately attended the Oak Grove Seminary at Vassalborough and taught in the district schools until the fall of 1854. He then became Principal of the New York Yearly Meeting Boarding School at Nine Partners, Dutchess County, New York, and remained there until 1861. On October 7, 1855, he was married to Annie Howland Cole, a teacher at the Oak Grove Seminary. In 1861 his health failed and he gave up teaching to go into business, first in Ulster county, and then in 1865 in Poughkeepsie. He died October 8, 1869, in Poughkeepsie, as the result of a fall.
His wife, after the death of her husband, with five children to support, studied medicine and was graduated from the New York Medical College for Women.
REFERENCES: Franklyn Howland, A Brief Genealogical and Biographical History of Arthur, Henry and John Howland and their Descendants, New Bedford, Mass., 1885, 55—57, with portrait.
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