Stockbridge Howland

(1801-1883). Pioneer Adventist layperson in Topsham, Maine, whose home, which was often referred to as “Fort Howland” or “Advent Fort,” offered hospitality to many early Adventist workers. In his house James and Ellen White set up their first housekeeping in 1847. Later they left their infant son, Henry, with the Howlands for five years. Howland’s daughter, Frances, healed in answer to a prayer of faith, was an early example of divine healing among Adventists. Howland had been a deacon of the Congregational Church when he accepted Millerite views in 1841 and was actively engaged in the propagation of these views around Topsham. As a result, he was ridiculed by some of his associates, who, declaring him mentally incompetent, succeeded in gaining the appoin...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.