Benjamin Howland

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Benjamin Howland
United States Senator
from Rhode Island
In office
October 29, 1804 – March 4, 1809
Preceded bySamuel J. Potter
Succeeded byFrancis Malbone
Member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1755-07-27)July 27, 1755
Tiverton, Rhode Island
DiedMay 1, 1821(1821-05-01) (aged 65)
Tiverton, Rhode Island
Political partyDemocratic-Republican

Benjamin Howland (July 27, 1755 – May 1, 1821) was a United States Senator from Rhode Island. Born in Tiverton, he attended the common schools, engaged in agricultural pursuits, was collector of taxes in 1801, town auditor in 1802, and town moderator in 1805. He was a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives in 1810 and a general in the State militia during the War of 1812.

Howland was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Samuel J. Potter and served from October 29, 1804, until March 4, 1809. He died in Tiverton in 1821; interment was in the family lot on his estate.


  • United States Congress. "Benjamin Howland (id: H000870)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Samuel J. Potter
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Rhode Island
Served alongside: Christopher Ellery, James Fenner, Elisha Mathewson
Succeeded by
Francis Malbone