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Sir Edward Stafford Howard KCB (28 November 1851-8 April 1916), was a British Liberal politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1876 to 1886.

Howard was the second son of Henry Howard and his wife Charlotte Caroline Georgina Long, daughter of Henry Lawes Long of Hampton Lodge, Surrey. He was a member of the influential Howard family and his father was the son of Lord Henry Howard-Molyneux-Howard and nephew of Bernard Howard, 12th Duke of Norfolk. Howard's elder brother was Henry Howard and his younger brother was Esme Howard, 1st Baron Howard of Penrith.[1]

Howard was educated at Harrow School and Trinity College, Cambridge.[2] He was called to the bar at Inner Temple in and was a J.P. and a Deputy Lieutenant of Gloucestershire.[3]

Howard entered Parliament as one of two representatives for Cumberland East at a by-election in 1876, a seat he held until 1885 when the constituency was abolished under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885.[4] At the 1885 general election, he was elected as MP for Thornbury until he was defeated at the 1886 election.[5] He served briefly as Under-Secretary of State for India from April to July 1886 in William Ewart Gladstone's short-lived third administration.

Howard was later Senior Commissioner of HM's Woods and Forests He was appointed a CB in 1900 and a KCB in 1909. He served as Mayor of the town of Cilymaenllwyd from 1913 to 1916.[6] He was an Ecclesiastical Commissioner from 1914 to his death.

Howard died in April 1916, aged 64.

Howard married firstly Lady Rachel Anne Georgina, daughter of John Campbell, 2nd Earl Cawdor, in 1876. After her death in 1906 he married secondly Catherine Meriel Cowell-Stepney, daughter of Sir Arthur Cowell-Stepney, 2nd Baronet, in 1911. There were children from both marriages. His son from his first marriage, Sir Algar Howard, was an officer at arms at the College of Arms in London. Lady Howard served the remainder of her husband's term as Mayor of Cilymaenllwyd. She later assumed the additional surname of Stepney and died in 1952.


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  2. ^ Howard, Edward Stafford in Venn, J. & J. A., Alumni Cantabrigienses, Cambridge University Press, 10 vols, 1922–1958.
  3. ^ Debretts Guide to the House of Commons 1886
  4. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. pp. 367–368. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 
  5. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 287. ISBN 0-900178-27-2. 
  6. ^ Brief biographies of Sir Stafford Howard and Lady Catherine Howard Stepney

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Wentworth George Howard
William Nicholson Hodgson
Member of Parliament for Cumberland East
With: Charles Wentworth George Howard 1876–1879
George Howard 1879–1880, 1881–1885
Sir Richard Musgrave 1880–1881
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Thornbury
Succeeded by
John Plunkett
Political offices
Preceded by
Sir Ughtred Kay-Shuttleworth
Under-Secretary of State for India
Succeeded by
Sir John Eldon Gorst


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