Elbert Howes

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Elbert Howes
Profession circus director
Personal details
Born 1831-02-26 Southeast, Putnam, New York in United States
Country United States

Title director 1870-1879
Location at Howes Great London Circus, Hippodrome, and Sangers English Menagerie in United States

Title owner -
Location at Elbert Howess elephants in United States

Biography details

Elbert Crosby Howes , circus director in United States

Born 1831-02-26 in United States dead 1900-03-25 , son of director Nathan A. Howes .

Elbert and Egbert Howes, twin sons of Nathan and Clarissa born Feb. 25, 1831, carried on the circus tradition with the Howes Great London Circus, touring New England, New York, New Jersey, and Ontario. Egbert Howes was also part owner in Dan Castello Circus.

Records about Elbert Howes from the Circus Historical Society
Born in Brewster, NY, one of 13 children. In his youth, traveled with his father’s circus, and later went to England with his uncle Seth’s Great United States Circus, 1857. Active in the procurement of exotic animals for the concern; in Ceylon, acquired “some of the finest elephants ever exhibited”; 1871, became proprietor (with Egbert), Howes’ Great London Circus, a management which continued until James E. Kelley and Henry Barnum took over sometime in 1873. This ended Elbert’s circus activity. He settled in Brewster and focused attention toward politics; but an ambition to become a member of the New York State Assembly was never fulfilled. Occupied a 5 year position of town supervisor and, following, was the gate keeper of the Drewville Reservoir. Married Caroline Tanner of Danbury, CT, 1856. Following her death, 1867, married Melissa Tillotson

Records about Elbert Howes from the Circus Historical Society
Seth B. Howes seems to hove gone into semi-retirement after he sold his Great European to the Flatfoots and left the active management of his later circuses to his twin nephews, Elbert Howes and Egbert Howes. These nephews were two of the thirteen children of Nathan A. Howes, older brother of Seth and also an early circus manager. Seth B., himself, lived until 1901 and died a wealthy man. The Clipper for February 12, 1870, tells us that Egbert Howes, under an engagement to Seth B., had sailed recently for England to start another circus there under the Howes & Cushing title as the show was known in 1857-63. Later issues of the Clipper substantiate that they opened in Liverpool on the 19th of March and were out at least through September.


Siblings through the father Nathan A. Howes (1796-04-22 -- 1878-06-28):

  1. Egbert Howes Born 1831-02-26 Dead: † 1892-04-10

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Elbert Howes
Born: 1831-02-26

Nathan Howes

Born: 1796-04-22

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Daniel Howes

Born: 1763-04-12
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Koehl, Dan, (2024). director Elbert Crosby Howes in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 21 July 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/person.php?id=1692. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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