Attorney, congressman, entrepreneur, writer.  Born– December 12, 1862, Rome, Ga. Parents–Stephen Oliver and Martha Ann Maddry Howard.  Married– Sarah “Sallie” Lankford, December 2, 1883. Children–three. Married–Stella Vivian Harper, November 9, 1926. Little formal education; largely self-taught. Admitted to the bar, 1881, and practiced law in Fort Payne; prosecuting attorney, Dekalb County, four years; city attorney, Fort Payne, two terms; chairman, Dekalb County Democratic Executive Committee; elected as a populist to the U.S. Congress from Alabama’s 7th District and served 1895-1897. Moved to California in 1918; worked for a time in the silent film industry.  Produced and starred in a film based on his novel The Bishop of the Ozarks.  Travelled through Europe in the 1920’s and wrote a column “Vagabond Sketches” for the Birmingham News. Engaged in several business and philanthropic projects, including the “Master Schools” for mountain children and the “Scenic Highway” from Gadsden to Chattanooga.  Died December 28, 1937.


Marquis who’s who online; Encyclopedia of Alabama


The American Plutocracy. New York; Holland Pub. Co., 1895.

The Bishop of the Ozarks. Los Angeles; Times Mirror Press, 1920.

Fascism, a Challenge to Democracy. New York; Fleming H. Revell Co., 1928.

If Christ Came to Congress. New York; Howard Pub. Co., 1896.

Peggy Ware. Los Angeles; J. F. Rowny Press, 1921.