Oliver Otis Howard Biography

Academic, General(1830–1909)
After the Civil War, Union general Oliver Otis Howard was appointed commissioner of the Freedmen’s Bureau to help former slaves find work, education and medical aid.

Synopsis

Born in Leeds, Maine on November 8, 1830, Oliver Otis Howard served on the Union side in American Civil War. After the war ended, President Andrew Johnson appointed him commissioner of the Freedmen’s Bureau to help former slaves. The bureau created schools, arranged medical aid and negotiated work contacts. He helped found Howard University where he served as president for several years. He died in 1909.

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