In 1883, Robert graduated from Hubbard College.
He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1888 and then accepted a commission to the United States Army.
He first served in the Indian Wars, then served in the Spanish–American War, Philippine–American War and World War I. His last assignment was presiding over the court-martial for Colonel Billy Mitchell.
Two of their children both attended and graduated from the United States Military Academy.
Major General Howze is buried in the United States Military Academy Post Cemetery in West Point, New York.
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