Harry E. Rowbottom

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Harry Emerson Rowbottom
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1925 – March 3, 1931
Preceded byWilliam E. Wilson
Succeeded byJohn W. Boehne, Jr.
Member of the Indiana House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1884-11-03)November 3, 1884
Aurora, Indiana, U.S.
DiedMarch 22, 1934(1934-03-22) (aged 49)
Evansville, Indiana, U.S.
Resting placeLocust Hill Cemetery
Political partyRepublican

Harry Emerson Rowbottom (November 3, 1884 – March 22, 1934) was a Republican U.S. Representative from Indiana.


Born in Aurora, Indiana, Rowbottom moved with his parents to Ludlow, Kentucky, in 1885. He attended the common schools, and graduated from Ludlow High School in 1901. He then attended Kentucky State College at Lexington 1902–1904.

From 1904 to 1907 Rowbottom worked selling lubricating oils and then attended the Cincinnati Business College where he graduated in accountancy in 1907. He was engaged as an auditor in Cincinnati from 1907 to 1910 and Chicago from 1910 to 1912. He moved to Evansville, Indiana, in 1913 and was employed as chief clerk for the Indiana Refining Co. 1913–1918.


Rowbottom served as a member of the Indiana House of Representatives from 1919 to 1923.

He was then elected as a Republican to the Sixty-ninth, Seventieth, and Seventy-first Congresses (March 4, 1925 – March 3, 1931). It was during his last term that he was convicted of accepting bribes in exchange for appointments to the US Post Office.[1]

Post career[edit]

He was unsuccessful for reelection in 1930 to the Seventy-second Congress and became engaged as a commercial agent for a truck line.

He died in Evansville on March 22, 1934 and is interred in Locust Hill Cemetery.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ https://www.nytimes.com, April 15, 1931, ROWBOTTOM GUILTY IN POSTAL JOB SALES; Ex-Indiana Representative Gets Year in Leavenworth on BribeTaking Charges.[1]
  2. ^ "ROWBOTTOM, Harry Emerson - Biographical Information". bioguide.congress.gov. Retrieved 16 April 2018.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William E. Wilson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
John W. Boehne, Jr.