(1816–85), Dean of Chester. He was educated at Giggleswick School and Trinity College, Cambridge. After ordination he taught at Liverpool Collegiate Institute, where W. J. Conybeare was headmaster, succeeding him in 1849. From 1867 till his death, he was Dean of Chester, where he laboured for the restoration of the fabric of the cathedral and for schools in the city. He is best known for his Life and Epistles of St Paul (2 vols., 1852), in which he collaborated with Conybeare. This book, based on extensive geographical, archaeological, and historical studies, was an impressive work of scholarship for its time, learned yet not beyond the general reader. Most of the descriptive passages were done by Howson. He also wrote other Pauline studies, as well as works on other NT subjects. An article on ‘Deaconesses in the Church of England’ in the Quarterly Review (1861), reissued in 1862 as a pamphlet, did much to promote the systematized ministry of women in England.
From The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church in Oxford Reference.