(March 20, – May 6, 1908) was a businessman from Missouri. He was a major benefactor in funding an institution of higher education in central Texas which later evolved into Howard Payne University – with Payne being the namesake – located in Brownwood, Texas.
John Howard Payne (June 9, – April 10, 1852) was an American actor, poet, playwright, and author who had most of his theatrical career and success in London. He is today most remembered as the creator of "Home! Sweet Home!", a song he wrote in that became widely popular in the United States, Great Britain, and the English-speaking world. After his return to the United States, Payne spent time with the Cherokee Indians. He published accounts that suggested their origin as one of the Ten Lost Tribes of ancient Israel.