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Charles S. Howard

Born: Feb 28, 1877

Death: Jun 6, 1950

Birthplace: Marietta

Profession: Businessperson

Nationality: United States

Charles S. Howard

Date of Birth : Feb 28, 1877
Date of Death : Jun 6, 1950
Birth Place : Marietta

Charles Stewart Howard was an American businessman. He made his fortune as an automobile dealer and became a prominent thoroughbred racehorse owner. Howard was dubbed one of the most successful Buick salesmen of all time. He lost his son to a car accident in 1926 at an early age and later bought the soon-to-be-famous horse Seabiscuit. According to Laura Hillenbrand's biography of Seabiscuit, Howard's early car dealership in San Francisco was given a boost by the hand of fate; on the day of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, he was one of the few individuals who had operational vehicles in the city, and was thus able to help the rescue effort significantly. In 1921, long before he bought Seabiscuit, Charles Howard purchased the 16,000-acre Ridgewood Ranch at Willits in Mendocino County. His 15-year-old son, Frankie, died there in 1926 after a truck accident on the property. Used as a secondary residence, by the 1930s Howard had converted part of the ranch into a thoroughbred horse breeding and training center.


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