Benjamin S. Cowen

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Benjamin Sprague Cowen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 11th district
In office
March 4, 1841 – March 4, 1843
Preceded by Isaac Parrish
Succeeded by Jacob Brinkerhoff
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Belmont County district
In office
December 2, 1844 – December 6, 1846
Serving with Peter Tallman
Preceded by Samuel Dunn, William R. Carle
Succeeded by J. C. Kerr, M. Hogue
Personal details
Born (1793-09-27)September 27, 1793
Washington County, New York
Died September 27, 1869(1869-09-27) (aged 76)
St. Clairsville, Ohio
Political party Whig
Spouse(s) Anne Wood
Children Benjamin R. Cowen

Benjamin Sprague Cowen (September 27, 1793 – September 27, 1869) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

Born in Washington County, New York, Cowen attended the common schools, and later studied medicine. He served in the War of 1812 as a private. In 1820, he moved to Moorefield Township, Harrison County, Ohio, where he practiced medicine and studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1829 and commenced practice in St. Clairsville, Ohio. He edited the Belmont Chronicle 1836-1840, and served as delegate to the Whig National Convention at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in 1839.

Cowen was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1841 – March 4, 1843). He served as member of the Ohio House of Representatives in 1845 and 1846, and as presiding judge of the Court of Common Pleas in 1847. He died in St. Clairsville, Belmont County, Ohio, September 27, 1869. His obituary was published in the September 30, 1869 edition of the Belmont Chronicle which is available on microfilm at the St. Clairsville Public Library.

Cowen was married to Anne Wood (1794–1865) of Washington County, New York in 1820.[1]

He was father of American Civil War Union Army General Benjamin Rush Cowen.


  1. ^ Brown, John Howard, ed. (1900). Lamb's biographical dictionary of the United States. 2. Boston: James H. Lamb Co. p. 213. 


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Isaac Parrish
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 11th congressional district

Succeeded by
Jacob Brinkerhoff