Statistics for occurrence #1 of “William Howe” in entry howe-richard-earl of Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History:

...vy. In October, 1770, he was promoted to rearadmiral of the blue, and in 1776 was sent to command the British fleet on the American station, charged with a commission, jointly with his brother, William Howe , to make peace with or war upon the Americans. They failed to secure peace, and made war. After leaving the Delaware with his fleet, in 1778, he had an encounter off Rhode Island with a French flee...
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William Howe 182 103 22 11 0 user votes
William Howell Reed 16 0 2 0 0 user votes
William Howell 14 0 2 0 0 user votes
Sir William Howe 6 6 2 2 0 user votes
William Howe Cuyler 5 5 1 1 0 user votes
William Howell Davis 2 0 0 0 0 user votes

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