W.P. Thompson

Walter Pratt Thompson was voted mayor of Howe for at least nineteen consecutive terms spanning from 1913-1949. Every two years, Thompson would say he wouldn’t run for mayor again, but the citizens re-elected him anyway. It was reported by the Sherman Daily Democrat that Thompson was the longest tenured mayor of any incorporated city in the entire State of Texas. He saw the City of Howe through the roaring 20’s of being the largest grain shipping center in Texas, to the depression 30’s and slow recovery of the 40’s. He was mayor of Howe during both World Wars. He was an advocate of the beautification project and supported the 1940’s project that had Howe named “The Prettiest Little Town in Texas.” The Howe Area Chamber of Commerce hereby names W.P. Thompson to the 2015 Inaugural class of the Howe Hall of Honor.