Scoundrels in Law: The Trials of Howe and Hummel, Lawyers to the Gangsters, Cops, Starlets, and Rakes Who Made the Gilded Age by Cait Murphy“A delightful romp through the theatrical courtrooms, seedy back alleys, and elegant parlors of Gilded Age New York.” —James McGrath Morris, author of Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power
“Only Dickens could have done more with this fabulously rich material. Terrific stuff.” —Eric Homberger, author of Mrs. Astors New York
Cait Murphy, author of Crazy ’08, is back with Scoundrels in Law: a witty, irreverent book that details the life and outrageous times of the law partnership of Howe and Hummel—quite possibly the most colorful one that ever was—and in the process gives a whirlwind tour of the Big Apple at the end of the 19th Century.
Battle Hymn of the Republic
Howe was one of three brothers who enjoyed distinguished military careers. General William Howe became known for his role in the capture of Quebec in when he led a British force to capture the cliffs at Anse-au-Foulon, allowing James Wolfe to land his army and engage the French. He resigned his post as Commander-in-Chief, North America, in , and returned to England, where he was at times active in the defense of the British Isles.
General William Howe Facts
He assured the electors, who would not have tolerated any other attitude, that he, like the more renowned General Jeffrey Amherst and Admiral Augustus Keppel, would refuse to serve in a war against England's American colonies. But while publicly disapproving of military action against the colonists, Howe privately let the British ministry know that he was available. Early in , the General confounded the voters of Nottingham by accepting the position of second-in-command of British forces in America. Judge, if you can, the confusion this occasions among your friends. The Nottingham voters were not the only ones puzzled by General Howe's contradictory behavior.
William Howe was born in to an aristocratic family in England. Howe joined the military at age He came to America for the first time during the Seven Years' War. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel, commanding troops in pivotal battles, including the capture of Montreal and Belle Ile, and served as adjunct general of the force that captured Havana in Howe served in the British Parliament beginning in , taking over the position vacated by his brother.
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William Howe , in full William Howe, 5th Viscount Howe , born August 10, —died July 12, , Plymouth , Devonshire, England , commander in chief of the British army in North America —78 who, despite several military successes, failed to destroy the Continental Army and stem the American Revolution. Brother of Adm. Sent in to reinforce Gen. Thomas Gage in the Siege of Boston , he led the left wing in three costly but finally successful assaults in the Battle of Bunker Hill. Assuming supreme command the following year, Howe transferred his forces southward and captured the strategic port city of New York, severely defeating the Americans at the Battle of Long Island. A competent tactician, he preferred maneuver to battle, partly to conserve scarce British manpower, but also in the hopes of demonstrating British military superiority so convincingly that the Americans would accept negotiation and reconciliation with Britain.