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
MonarchGeorge V
Edward VIII
Governor GeneralThe Earl of Bessborough
The Lord Tweedsmuir
Prime MinisterRichard Bedford Bennett
Preceded byGeorge Black
Succeeded byPierre-François Casgrain
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Dauphin
In office
Preceded byWilliam John Ward
Succeeded byWilliam John Ward
Personal details
Born(1879-10-06)October 6, 1879
Thornhill, Ontario
DiedSeptember 14, 1951(1951-09-14) (aged 71)
Dauphin, Manitoba
Political partyConservative

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