He was born in Lexington, Virginia.
In 1912 he qualified for the final of the 100 metres event. But he was unable to compete in the final as he had strained a muscle at the finish of his semi-final heat.
He also competed in the exhibition baseball tournament at the 1912 Olympics.
- Howard P. Drew –The Original World’s Fastest Human by Larry Libow
- Howard Drew: A Legendary Sprinter Honored at the Wayback Machine (archived January 10, 2007), article in Track & Field News, 2006
- Profile at Sports-Reference.com