Elijah was born in 1828. He was the son of Elijah Howe.
He fitted for college in Dedham, and at
Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., graduated from Amherst
College, (A. B. 1849, A. M. 1852). He was a teacher in the
High School at South Hadley, Mass., in the High School at
East Douglas, Mass., and in the Academy at South Wilbraham;
Mass., afterwards he was a book-keeper in the Shoe and
Leather Bank in Boston, Mass., for ten years, and later, for
twelve years, he was agent in New England for Park Bros.
Black Diamond Steel Works of Pittsburg, Pa. He lived in
Dedham, Mass., where he was Secretary and Treasurer of the
Norfolk Mutual Fire Insurance Co. and Secretary of the
Dedham Mutuai Fire Insurance Co. In 1871 he attended the Howe Family Gathering in Harmony Grove, Framingham, Mass with his son Oliver.
He passed away in 1898. 
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