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Lemuel Jackson Bowden
United States Senator
from Virginia
In office
March 4, 1863 – January 2, 1864
Preceded byWaitman T. Willey
Succeeded byJohn F. Lewis
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates for James City, York, and Williamsburg
In office
December 6, 1841 – April 1846
Preceded byJohn M. Gregory
Succeeded byWilliam Howard
Personal details
Born(1815-01-16)January 16, 1815
Williamsburg, Virginia, U.S.
DiedJanuary 2, 1864(1864-01-02) (aged 48)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyUnconditional Union
Alma materCollege of William and Mary
ProfessionLawyer, politician

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

Early life


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



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 Unconditional Union Party. There he served until his death.[5]

Death and family

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 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.[7]

See also





  • "Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774 - Present". bioguide.congress.gov. United States Congress. Archived from the original on April 23, 2010. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  • Pulliam, David Loyd (1901). The Constitutional Conventions of Virginia from the foundation of the Commonwealth to the present time. John T. West, Richmond. ISBN 978-1-2879-2059-5.
Political offices
Preceded by Mayor of Williamsburg, Virginia
Succeeded by
U.S. Senate
Preceded by U.S. senator (Class 1) from Virginia
March 4, 1863 – January 2, 1864
Served alongside: John S. Carlile
Succeeded by