Henry Bowen

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Henry Bowen

Henry Bowen (December 26, 1841 – April 29, 1915) was a Virginia lawyer and politician from Tazewell County, Virginia. He served in the Virginia House of Delegates, as well as the U.S. House of Representatives.

Family and early life[edit]

Bowen was the son of Rees Bowen, and nephew of John Warfield Johnston. His cousin was William Bowen Campbell. He was born at "Maiden Springs," near Tazewell, Tazewell County, Virginia. He attended the public schools and Emory and Henry College, Emory, Virginia. He engaged in agricultural pursuits and entered the Confederate Army in 1861 as a captain of Cavalry in Payne's brigade, Lee's division, Army of Northern Virginia, and served until December 21, 1864, when he was captured by Sheridan's cavalry at Lacy Springs, Virginia. He was released June 19, 1865. Bowen returned to his native county and resumed farming.

Political career[edit]

Bowen was elected as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1869 to 1873. In 1883, he was elected as a Readjuster to the Forty-eighth Congress, serving from March 4, 1883 to March 3, 1885. Bowen was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1884. He was elected as a Republican to the Fiftieth Congress, serving from March 4, 1887 to March 3, 1889. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1888 to the Fifty-first Congress.

In 1892, he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention. He resumed agricultural interests and stock raising in Tazewell County, Virginia.

Death and legacy[edit]

Bowen died at his home, "Maiden Springs," in Tazewell County, April 29, 1915, and was buried in Jeffersonville Cemetery, Tazewell, Virginia.

References[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Abram Fulkerson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 9th congressional district

1883-1885
Succeeded by
Connally Findlay Trigg
Preceded by
Connally Findlay Trigg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 9th congressional district

1887-1889
Succeeded by
John A. Buchanan