Howe, Joseph a Congregational minister, born at Killingly, Connecticut, January 14, 1747 was educated at Yale College, where he graduated in 1765, the first in his class. By recommendation of the president of his college he was appointed principal of a public school at Hartford, at that time the most important institution of that class in the colony. He was licensed to preach in 1769, and was appointed tutor at Yale in the same year. He held this position, preaching quite frequently, until called to the New South Church, Boston, in 1772, where he was ordained May 19, 1773. At the outbreak of the Revolution (1775) he fled to Norwich, where he remained only a short time, as his health had become enfeebled. He went to New Haven, and on his return stopped at Hartford, where he died, Aug. 25, 1775. — Sprague, Annals of the American Pulpit, 1, 707 sq.