Howard, Perry Wilson, 1877-1961
Perry Howard was born in Ebenezer, Mississippi. He began practicing law in Washington, D.C., in 1921, when he was appointed as special assistant to the attorney general in the claims division of the Department of Justice. He was previously Secretary in Charge at the Mississippi Republican headquarters for black voters and president of the National Negro Bar Association. After two acquittals on charges that he had violated the Federal Patronage Act, he resigned as Assistant Attorney General in 1929. He served consecutive terms as the head of the Washington Bar Association, an organization of black attorneys, and in 1953 his black Republican following in Mississippi gained federal recognition as the state’s official Republican Party.