Oliver Howe

Oliver Hunt Howe (1860 - 1948)

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Dr. Oliver Hunt Howe
Born in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusettsmap
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Husband of — married 26 Nov 1889 in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USAmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Cohasset, Norfolk, Massachusettsmap
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Oliver Hunt Howe was born on 29 May 1860 in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, the son of Elijah Howe and Julia Ann Hunt. At age 11, he attended with his father the Howe Family Gathering in Framingham, Massachusetts. As a result, in years that followed, he became the major researcher of Howe genealogy for the Abraham Howe of Roxbury line of Howe Genealogies, published in 1929 by NEHGS.

He graduated from his High School class in Dedham, Massachusetts as valedictorian in 1878. He worked as Town Clerk for Dedham in the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds from 1878-1881, and then decided to go to Medical School. He graduated from Harvard Medical School in June 1886.

He was recruited by a retiring doctor in Cohasset, Massachusetts to take over his practice, and he moved there in 1889. He married Martha Dresser Paul in Nov. 1889. They lived at 11 North Main Street in Cohasset in the center of town on the town common, where he also maintained his medical office.

He kept a lifelong journal, which gives many details of his life. He records his first telephone, which had the telephone number 14. He kept that throughout his life, and passed it along to his son, Dr Henry F. Howe when the latter took over his medical practice. It had added digits by then, but was still the basic number 14.

He records buying his first car, which was put up on blocks in winter, since roads were not plowed, and horse and carriage or sleigh were much more reliable. Some years and several cars later, he records the sad moment of putting down his last horse.

In addition to being a doctor and a genealogist, he was a community leader, an author, a public speaker, a geologist, a botanist, a historian, a mountain climber, and much more. He was an innovator in many ways.

Paternal Ancestors:

Elijah Howe (27 Sep 1828 - 07 May 1898)
Elijah Howe(21 Oct 1792 - 30 Nov 1880)
Thomas Howe (07 Jul 1765 - 22 Dec 1805)
Thomas Howe (24 Aug 1735 - 23 Mar 1816)
Thomas Howe (12 Oct 1709 - abt 1791)
Isaac Howe (07 Jul 1678 - 26 Aug 1760)
Isaac Howe (24 Jun 1639 - 11 Sep 1714)
Abraham Howe (aft 1598 - bef 23 Oct 1676)
Robert Howe (bef 02 Feb 1570 - abt 1632)


  • Daniel Wait Howe, Howe Genealogies, Genealogies of Abraham of Roxbury, James of Ipswich, Abraham of Marlborough and Edward of Lynn, Massachusetts", Vol. 2, (Boston: NEHGS, 1929), pp.144-145.
  • Personal journal kept by Oliver Hunt Howe, in private collection of Walter Howe

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