William H. Bower

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William Horton Bower (6 June 1850 – 11 May 1910) was a lawyer and United States Representative in Congress from the state of North Carolina for one term (1893–95).

Born near Wilkesboro, North Carolina, Bower became a prominent attorney in Lenoir, North Carolina after being admitted to the bar in 1870. After four years in California, Bower returned to Lenoir in 1881. He was then elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives in 1882 and to the state Senate in 1884. Bower was appointed as solicitor (district attorney) of the tenth judicial district of North Carolina by Governor Alfred Moore Scales in 1885-1886, serving a four-year term afterwards from 1886-1890.[1]

Upon the retirement of William H.H. Cowles, Bower was elected as a Democrat to represent North Carolina's 8th congressional district in 1892, but was unsuccessful in his 1894 bid for re-election, losing to Republican Romulus Z. Linney, who was running on a Fusion ticket with the Populists.[2]


External links[edit]

United States Congress. "BOWER, William Horton (id: B000688)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. 

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William H.H. Cowles
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 8th congressional district

Succeeded by
Romulus Z. Linney