[County Seal, Howard County, Maryland] Origin: Howard District was created from Anne Arundel County by Chapter 22, Acts of 1838 (confirmed by Chapter 49, Acts of 1839, & further authorized by Chapter 98, Acts of 1839). Although unrepresented in the General Assembly, the District enjoyed the status of a county. It officially was formed as a county in 1851 (Const. 1851, Art. VIII, sec. I). The County was named for John Eager Howard (1752-1827), Revolutionary War officer, Maryland governor, and statesman.

Boundaries: Bounded north by Baltimore & Carroll counties; east by Patapsco River & Anne Arundel County; south by Prince George's County; west by Montgomery County.

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Ellicott City, MD 21043
Form of Government: Charter since 1968
Population: 1990 census: 187,328; 2000 census: 247,842; 2010 census: 287,085

George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, Maryland, October 2014. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


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