Rees Bowen

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Rees Bowen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 9th district
In office
March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1875
Preceded by John T. Harris
Succeeded by William Terry
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates for Tazewell, McDowell, and Buchanan
In office
September 7, 1863 – December 4, 1865
Preceded by Thomas H. Gillespie
Succeeded by G. W. Deskins
Personal details
Born Rees Tate Bowen
(1809-01-10)January 10, 1809
Tazewell, Virginia, U.S.
Died August 29, 1879(1879-08-29) (aged 70)
Tazewell, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Marie Louisa Peery

Rees Tate Bowen (January 10, 1809 – August 29, 1879) was a nineteenth-century congressman, magistrate and judge from Virginia. He was the father of Henry Bowen.


Born at "Maiden Spring" near Tazewell, Virginia, Bowen attended Abingdon Academy and later engaged in agricultural pursuits. He was appointed a brigadier general in the Virginia Militia by Governor Henry A. Wise in 1856 and served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1863 to 1865. Bowen was magistrate of Tazewell County, Virginia for several years prior to the Civil War and was presiding judge of the county court a portion of that time. He was elected a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives in 1872, serving from 1873 to 1875 and afterward resumed engagements in agricultural pursuits. Bowen died at his estate called "Maiden Spring" in Tazewell County, Virginia on August 29, 1879 and was interred in the family cemetery on the estate.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John T. Harris(1)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 9th congressional district

March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1875
Succeeded by
William Terry
Notes and references
1. Because of Virginia's secession, the House seat was vacant for twelve years before Bowen succeeded Harris.