Biography and History

Samuel Ladd Howell was born into the prominent Howell family of Woodbury, Gloucester County, and Princeton, New Jersey. He entered the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1806, but had to withdraw after the second year due to a violent attack of inflammation to the eyes. He commenced the study of medicine in Philadelphia in 1812, was a resident surgeon at the Pennsylvania Hospital. On the death of Dr. John Van Cleeve in Princeton, Howell moved there in February 1827, where his duties soon became one of the most extensive n the state. In the fall of 1830, he wa appointed professor of Anatomy and Physiology at the College of New Jersey, which chair he filled till his death in 1835.

Source: From the finding aid for C0455