James Langstaff Bowman

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The Hon.
James Langstaff Bowman
18th Speaker of the House of Commons
In office
January 17, 1935 – February 5, 1936
Monarch George V
Edward VIII
Governor General The Earl of Bessborough
The Lord Tweedsmuir
Prime Minister Richard Bedford Bennett
Preceded by George Black
Succeeded by Pierre-François Casgrain
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Dauphin
In office
Preceded by William John Ward
Succeeded by William John Ward
Personal details
Born (1879-10-06)October 6, 1879
Thornhill, Ontario
Died September 14, 1951(1951-09-14) (aged 71)
Dauphin, Manitoba
Political party Conservative

James Langstaff Bowman, PC (October 6, 1879 – September 14, 1951) was the first Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons from Manitoba.

Bowman had been a teacher and lawyer in Dauphin, Manitoba. In 1917, he became the town's mayor. He ran unsuccessfully in the 1925 and 1926 general elections for the Conservative Party. He finally winning a seat in the 1930 election that brought R.B. Bennett to power.

He became Speaker after his predecessor, George Black, suffered a nervous breakdown in the summer of 1934, and was unfit to preside when the Canadian House of Commons reconvened in January 1935.

As the Deputy Speaker was ill, Bennett approached Bowman, a backbencher, hours before the House was to convene, about becoming Speaker for the rest of the Parliamentary term.

Bowman had little experience as Speaker and had to deal with a tense, pre-election session. Members of Parliament on all sides of the House felt that Bowman did well in the job. But when the 1935 general election was held in the fall, Bowman lost his seat by a large margin.

He returned to his law practice in Dauphin and failed in his attempt to regain his seat in the 1940 election.

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