Lemuel J. Bowden
Lemuel Jackson Bowden
|United States Senator|
March 4, 1863 – January 2, 1864
|Preceded by||Waitman T. Willey|
|Succeeded by||John F. Lewis|
|Born||January 16, 1815|
|Died||January 2, 1864 (aged 48)|
|Alma mater||College of William and Mary|
Lemuel Jackson Bowden (January 16, 1815 – January 2, 1864) was an American lawyer and politician from Williamsburg, Virginia.
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.
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.
In 1860, he was a presidential elector from his Congressional District.
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.
Death and family
Bowden's son, Thomas Russell Bowden, served as Attorney General of Virginia in both the Restored Government and the post-war Reconstruction era government, and his nephew, George E. Bowden, represented Virginia's 2nd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1887 to 1891.
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