Thomas Howell - General Manager of General Chemical Company

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Thomas Paull Howell was born on March 5, 1862, in Wheeling, West Virginia, the son of Andrew and Sarah Howell. He attended college at the University of Pennsylvania law school. He became the general manager of the General Chemical Company.

Thomas married Alice Matilda King on November 9, 1898, in Detroit, Michigan. Alice was born on June 5, 1913. They had four children: John King, Andrew Allen, Alice Matilda, born on June 5, 1913, and Thomas Paul, Jr. born on January 6, 1920.

Alice Howell was a civic and cultural leader and founder of the Garden Center of Greater Cleveland that later evolved into the Cleveland Botanical Garden. When the Great Lakes Exposition of 1936 became a certainty, the Greater Cleveland Garden Center sponsored the Horticultural Garden. Mrs. Howell, president of the center, appointed a committee of men and women to put on a horticultural garden, or summer flower show. They employed the services of Donald Gray, a well-known landscape architect, to prepare the plans.

Thomas was a charter member of The Country Club. He died on January 31, 1938. Alice died on January 24, 1962, and buried alongside Thomas in Lake View Cemetery.