Rowland E. Trowbridge

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Rowland E. Trowbridge.

Rowland Ebenezer Trowbridge (June 18, 1821 – April 20, 1881) was a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan.

Trowbridge was born in Horseheads, New York and moved with his parents in 1821 to Oakland County, Michigan. In 1841, he graduated from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio and engaged in agricultural pursuits. Years later, he became a member of the Michigan Senate serving from 1856 to 1860.

In 1860, Trowbridge was elected as a Republican from Michigan's 4th congressional district to the 37th United States Congress, serving from March 4, 1861 to March 3, 1863. After redistricting as a result of the 1860 census, Trowbridge ran as a candidate in the newly created 5th congressional district in 1862, losing to Democrat Augustus C. Baldwin. In 1864, Trowbridge defeated Baldwin to be elected to the 39th Congress, and was reelected in 1866 to the 40th Congress, serving from March 4, 1865 to March 3, 1869. He served as chairman of the Committee on Agriculture during the 40th Congress. He was an unsuccessful candidate for re-nomination.

Trowbridge resumed agricultural pursuits and served as Commissioner of Indian Affairs in 1880 and 1881. He died in Birmingham, Michigan and is interred there in Greenwood Cemetery.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
De Witt C. Leach
United States Representative for the 4th Congressional District of Michigan
1861 – 1863
Succeeded by
Francis W. Kellogg
Preceded by
Augustus C. Baldwin
United States Representative for the 5th Congressional District of Michigan
1865 – 1869
Succeeded by
Omar D. Conger