Howell Township was incorporated as a township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 23, 1801, from portions of Shrewsbury Township.Various parcels were later removed to form other towns in Monmouth and Ocean counties.
At 61.21 square miles, it is the largest town in Monmouth County, and the 21st in size in New Jersey.
The Blue Comet, which ran between Jersey City and Atlantic City from 1929 to 1941. It was painted in blue and cream (to symbolize the summer sky and sand on the beach) with silver highlights. It went through Howell with a stop at Farmingdale.
Liberty made its runs through part of Howell during the spring of 1903, stopping in Lower Squankum.
New Jersey governor after whom Howell Township was named.