State Constable James Holland "Hol" Howard

State Constable James Holland "Hol" Howard

South Carolina State Constable, South Carolina

End of Watch Thursday, January 31, 1924

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James Holland "Hol" Howard

State Constable Hol Howard was shot and killed while raiding an illicit still on Hogback Mountain, in Greenville County, with a federal prohibition agent. As the two approached the still two suspects opened fire, shooting Constable Howard five times.

The prohibition agent was able to chase and arrest one of the men. The second suspect, who was the arrested man's father, turned himself in later. Both were sentenced to death but later pardoned.

Constable Howard was survived by his wife and 11 children. One of his sons, Clarence, was shot and killed during a prohibition raid on April 21, 1930, while acting as a contract chauffeur to the federal prohibition agents.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Pardoned

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I only recently learned that my great grandfather James Holland Howard also died in a similar vain as my Grandfather Clarence Howard (his son) explains the pride and sadness my father experienced for the majority of his life. (He-age 3 and my aunt-age 1 were both placed in an orphanage for a good portion of their childhood after the death of their father). I suppose that was a common practice in the day.

None-the-less, a great toll on our family for many Dad went on to become a Chief Petty Officer in the Navy. He often reflected on the rich heritage of his family, Dark Corner and his given name...also James Howard.

Thanks to those responsible for this memorial/reminder of the brave individuals who pay the biggest price.

Amanda Howard
Great Granddaughter of James Holland Howard
Grandaughter Clarence Howard
Daughter James L Howard

August 2, 2018

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