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John Howard

Auctioneer & Town Councillor

Keith Tankard
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Updated: 14 October 2009
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DEATH NOTICE: see the Cape Archives, MOOC 6/9/814, No 528.
OBITUARY: see the Daily Dispatch, 12.2.1916.

John Edward Percy Howard was born in King William's Town in August 1864.

Once his education was over, he moved to the Witwatersrand and then to East London where he became a partner in the firm Howard & Perks, auctioneers, brokers, conveyancers, as well as landing and shipping agents.

He later started his own firm called Percy Howard's Sales. He was also a member of the Hospital Board and became chairman of the East London branch of the Unionist Party.

Howard joined the Town Council in February 1897, representing Ward 2. He resigned for business reasons in February 1899 but was returned unopposed in February 1909. He was re-elected in 1912 and 1914, and remained in the Council until 1916.

He died on 11 February 1916 at the age of 51, and was buried at East London.

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