Clark Howell

1863 to 1936

Clark Howell attended and graduated in 1883 from the University of Georgia. After working for a short while in New York and Philadelphia, Howell returned to Atlanta to work as a reporter for the Atlanta Constitution, and eventually in 1901 purchased controlling shares in the Constitution and became its owner. Howell served in both the Georgia House of Representatives, from 1886 for three terms and the Georgia Senate in 1900 for two terms. In addition to his contributions to the Georgia State Government, in 1900 Howell was elected as one of the original directors of the Associated Press, a position he maintained for the duration of his life. A Pulitzer Prize winner in 1931 for his series exposing the Atlanta Graft Ring, Howell began to build quite the reputation both locally and nationally. He was named to chair the Federal Aviation Commission in 1934 by President Roosevelt, and was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor by the French government in 1935. Howell’s main contribution to Georgia Tech came in 1922 with his founding of WGST(AM 640) as a gift to the Institute and operated as a commercial station with educational opportunities for students, until the acquisition of WREK radio as the new campus radio station. Howell Hall, a residence hall in the Georgia Tech Freshman Experience was constructed in 1939 and renovated prior to the 1996 Olympics, is named in his honor.

Notable Accomplishments: 
  • Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives (1890-91)
  • President of the Georgia Senate (1900)
  • Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize (1931)
  • Chair of the Federal Aviation Commission (1934)
  • Chevalier of the Legion of Honor (1935)