Lemuel J. Bowden

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Lemuel Jackson Bowden
Lemuel Jackson Bowden.jpg
United States Senator
from Virginia
In office
March 4, 1863 – January 2, 1864
Preceded by Waitman T. Willey
Succeeded by John F. Lewis
Personal details
Born (1815-01-16)January 16, 1815
Williamsburg, Virginia
Died January 2, 1864(1864-01-02) (aged 48)
Washington, D.C.
Political party Republican
Alma mater College of William and Mary
Profession Lawyer, politician

Lemuel Jackson Bowden (January 16, 1815 – January 2, 1864) was an American lawyer and politician from Williamsburg, Virginia.

Early life[edit]

Bowden was born in 1815 in Williamsburg, Virginia, and graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1831-1832.[1]

Career[edit]

As an adult, Bowden settled in Williamsburg and practiced law there. He was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates three times, serving from 1841 to 1846.[2]

In 1850, Lyons was elected to the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1850. He was one of two delegates elected from the Tidewater delegate district made up of Essex, King and Queen, Middlesex and Mathews Counties.[3]

In 1860, he was a presidential elector from his Congressional District.[4]

During the American Civil War Bowden served as mayor of Williamsburg, Virginia from 1862 to 1863 in a region occupied by Federal troops. Following the creation of West Virginia organized by Unionist Virginians in 1863, the Restored government of Virginia chose Bowden to represent Virginia in the United States Senate in 1863 as a member of the Unionist Party. There he served until his death.[5]

Death and family[edit]

Bodwen's grave at the Congressional Cemetery

Bowden died on January 2, 1864 of smallpox while in office at Washington, D.C. and he is buried in the Congressional Cemetery there.[6]

Bowden's nephew, George E. Bowden, represented Virginia's 2nd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1887 to 1891.[7]

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Political offices
Preceded by
R. M. Garrett
Mayor of Williamsburg, Virginia
1862–1863
Succeeded by
W. R. C. Douglas
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Waitman T. Willey
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Virginia
March 4, 1863 – January 2, 1864
Served alongside: John S. Carlile
Succeeded by
John F. Lewis