Tributes to Clark Howell following his death

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Tributes to Clark Howell following his death - The Atlanta Journal today says: HON. CLARK...
The Atlanta Journal today says: HON. CLARK HOWELL SR. The death of the Honorable Clark Howell Sr., removes a veteran and gallant leader in the life of his city, Ins state and his country. Seventy- Seventy- three years ago the north and the' south were locked in a tatetul war, ot which Georgia was fast becoming the decisive arena, and Atlanta lived in constant dread of Sherman's march. Such were the times in which Clark Howell was born, September 21, just two days after the battle of Chickamauga. His father, the late Captain Evan P. Howell, commanded a Confederate battery on that memorable memorable field. His mother, before her marriage was Miss Julia A. Erwin, was then at her ancestral home near Erwinton, S. C, whither she had leen sent for security against the invading army. From both sides of his family the boy inherited the best traditions of the old south its courtesy, its kindliness, kindliness, its valiant virtues and social graces and throughout his own distinguished distinguished career he lived true to them. AVhat a useful as well as long career it has been! Entering the Atlanta public school system on the first day it began functioning, in the early eighteen-seventies, eighteen-seventies, eighteen-seventies, he graduated from the Boys High school m 1SS0 and three years afterwards was awarded his A. B. degree at the University of Georgia. Logically and for the love of it, he chose journalism for his life-work. life-work. life-work. His father had so begun, as a reporter, on the pioneer Intelligencer, and then was in chief control of the Constitution. The son set out to win his own spurs abroad before taking advantage of his opportunities at home. First on the repertorinl staff of the New York Times and then on the Philadelphia Press, he served an apprenticeship that proved his mettle and forecast his larger achievements. Thus equipped he returned to Atlanta nnd became the Constitution's telegraph telegraph editor. His promotions, rapid but well earned, at length made him assistant to the renowned Henry Grady, and upon the latter's death in 1SS9 Mr. Howell succeeded him. Thenceforward he was the paper's guiding spirit, and since his father's retirement in 1897 he has been its editor in chief. Clark Howell Sr. was above all else a first-class first-class first-class newspaperman. The roar of presses, the click of telegraph keys, the smell of printer's ink. the action and enterprise and daily drama of it all were in his blood ; and the youngest recruit as well as the highest highest of his peers found him a heart-whole heart-whole heart-whole comrade. In the larger councils councils of his profession his advice was ever valued and his aid generously given ; witness, for example, the fact that he was a director of the Associated Associated Press since its organization 30 years ago. His interests and services, services, however, were not bounded by his profession. He made it a means to the upbuilding of his city and commonwealth, commonwealth, to the interpretation of southern problems and southern ideals in terms of national life, and to the advancement of principles in which he believed. His social-mindedness social-mindedness social-mindedness and genius for dealing with men, as well as his civic interest aud newspaper connection, connection, drew him naturally into politics. politics. At 21 he entered the general assembly of Georgia, as a representa- representa- the from Fulton county and subse- subse- quently was chosen speaker of the house and president of the senate. For 82 years, perhaps the longest continuous continuous record of its kind, he was Democratic Democratic national committeeman from Georgia ; and 12 years after his retirement retirement from that post in 1924, he was again elected to it by his state's delegation at the Philadelphia convention convention last June. Two presidents of the United States appointed him to import import a n t commissions President Harding in 1922, when the coal mining mining industry was being investigated: and President Roosevelt in 1934, who made him chairman of a far-reaching far-reaching far-reaching inquiry into the status of aviation. The most stirring episode in Mr. Howell's Howell's political career was his candi dacy for governor of Georgia in 19Ul'. It was characteristic of him and of his chief opponent, the late Hoke Smith, who won the campaign, that thev afterward became good mewls and labored loyally together for the Democracy which was dear to the hearts of them both. Friendliness, indeed, was the sov- sov- ereign trait of .Mr. Moweu s rnarancr. His life might well be summed in Shakespeare's words: "The kindest man, tne Dcsi-eonamoneu Dcsi-eonamoneu Dcsi-eonamoneu aim un wenried snirit in doing courtesies The name is legion of mnurn hie nnssinp and memory. We of the Atlanta .lournai extend to our confreres on The Constitution Constitution heart-felt heart-felt heart-felt sympathy in the loss of their beloved chief, and particularly particularly to his son. Major Clark Howell Howell Jr., who has followed so worthily in his father's steps. A true Atlan-tian, Atlan-tian, Atlan-tian, a true Georgian, a true American American has passed; but his works live after him. those who cherish his

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  1. The Atlanta Constitution,
  2. 15 Nov 1936, Sun,
  3. Page 4

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