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Major General Howard

Home at Howard University in Washington D.C.

The General Oliver Otis Howard House is located on the campus of Howard University.

General Howard's home in Washington D.C.

Constructed between 1867 and 1869, it was the home of Major General Oliver Otis Howard, the founder of the school and its first President from 1869 to 1873. The house still retains many of its decorative elements such as the high mansard roof, elaborate dormer windows, tower, and decorative iron balustrades. The Board of Howard University was able, through General Howard, to purchase a one-acre lot including a frame building to begin operation of the school. The Howard House was among the first buildings constructed. Although the Trustees voted to give General Howard a lot upon which to build a residence, he instead purchased the lot for $1,000. In 1909, when the University began to expand, the Howard House was purchased. The house has had varied uses over the past century. For example, between 1936-1942, the Howard House was the home of Miss Lulu V. Childers, and served as the Conservatory of Music which she directed. From 1967 to 1972, the African Language Center and African Studies Department were located there. The building presently is used for conferences and special events.

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HOWARD UNIVERSITY, institution of higher learning, founded in 1867 and located in Washington, D.C. The university was named for a founder and president, Gen. Oliver Otis Howard, who was commissioner of the Freedmen's Bureau. Although a private institution, it receives a federal appropriation each year from the Department of Education. The university offers courses leading to the degrees of bachelor, master, and doctor in the arts and sciences. Degrees are granted also in medicine, dentistry, and law; civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering; architecture; social work; nursing; and education. The library houses the Moorland-Spingarn and Channing Pollock collections of black culture from the 16th century on.

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