WILKINSON

HOWARD P. WILKINSON, WHEELING

From: West Virginians
Published by The West Virginia Biographical Association, 1928

Submitted by Linda Fluharty.

     Howard P. Wilkinson, who practiced as a public accountant and insurance adjustor in Wheeling until his death on March 16, 1927, was a citizen of Wheeling for half a century, and all that time was held in highest esteem for his personal qualities. He enjoyed an unusual renown throughout many Eastern and Midwestern States as an expert in the accountant's profession, having numbered among his clients the most important firms of Wheeling and West Virginia, parts of Ohio and Pennsylvania, and other states. He also represented a large number of fire insurance companies operating in West Virginia, and had a wide reputation as a fire insurance adjustor.
     Mr. Wilkinson was born in Wheeling, W. Va., November 12, 1856, son of Col. Nathan Wilkinson and Isabella A. (Howard) Wilkinson. Due to his mother's death when he was five years old, he passed his boyhood away from Wheeling, attending the Friends School at Wilmington, Del., until high school age, when he went to Zanesville High School, at Zanesville, Ohio. After graduation he took a three-year course in accounting under the late Z. M. Chandler, of Zanesville, and entered business as bookkeeper for the Hatcher Coffin Factory, Zanesville.
     He was still very young when he returned to Wheeling. Here he was successively bookkeeper for the Mendel Furniture Company, secretary of the Wheeling Water Company, manager of the Red Letter Tobacco Company, and office manager of the firm of Neill & Ellingham, wholesale grocers. In 1900 he established his own offices as auditor and certified public accountant. At the time of his death in 1927 he was the oldest practicing certified public accountant in West Virginia.
     For years he was auditor, accotiiitant, tax specialist and office advisor for many of the leading corporations and business firms of West Virginia and surrounding states. Under the old city government of Wheeling he was for many years the official auditor of the city books in both Republican and Democratic administrations. Everyone familiar with his talents accorded him the highest respect and esteem.
     One of Mr. Wilkinson's most notable achievements was a thorough survey of the city affairs of Charleroi, Pa., re-drafting of its ordinances, installation of a modern system of cost and accounting, and recommendations of sound principles for the future government of this community. This difficult commission was completed with such conspicuous success that Mr. Wilkinson was publicly thanked by the Charleroi officials and press.
     He was a member of the A. O. U. W., Sons of Veterans and Edgewood Park M. E. Church. In politics he was Republican.
     He was married, January 26, 1882, to Nancy Jeannette Bowman, of Zanesville, Ohio, and is survived by four children and his widow. Children: Howard P., Jr., a metallurgical engineer of Detroit, Michigan; Isabella H. (Mrs. William S. Brady) of Wheeling; Alice I., of Wheeling; and Emma E., of Colorado Springs, Colo. The Wilkinson home is at 12 Walnut Ave., Woodlawn, Wheeling. Mr. Wilkinson maintained his business offices for years in the National Bank of West Virginia Building.