Egbert Howes

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

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

Biography details

Egbert Howes , circus director in United States

Born 1831-02-26 in United States dead 1892-04-10 , son of director Nathan A. Howes .

Egbert and Elbert 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 Egbert Howes from the Circus Historical Society
one of 13 children. As a youngster, traveled with his father’s circus and as a young man went to England with Uncle Seth’s circus, 1857. Became manager of Howes & Cushing, England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. In London, married equestrienne Jennie Maude Jee, 1859, and begot 4 children. Returned to the USA with Howes Great European, 1865; treasurer, James Nixon and Dan Castello’s, 1868; manager, during its famous trans-continental tour to the Pacific coast, 1869; 1870, with Uncle Seth’s show, returned to London and organized the Great American Circus and Menagerie; (with brother Elbert), proprietor, Howes’ Great London Circus, 1871-73, until James E. Kelley and Henry Barnum took it over. Following the sale, was connected with P. T. Barnum’s, Adam Forepaugh’s and Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. Remained in the circus business until his death in Brewster, NY, age 61. Died from pneumonia brought on by a severe cold.

Records about Egbert 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. Elbert Howes

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Egbert 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, (2023). director Egbert Howes in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 5 December 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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