William Cowger

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William O. Cowger
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 3rd district
In office
January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1971
Preceded by Charles R. Farnsley
Succeeded by Romano L. Mazzoli
Mayor of Louisville
In office
December 1961 – December 1965
Preceded by Bruce Hoblitzell
Succeeded by Kenneth A. Schmied
Personal details
Born William Owen Cowger
(1922-01-01)January 1, 1922
Hastings, Nebraska
Died October 2, 1971(1971-10-02) (aged 49)
Louisville, Kentucky
Political party Republican

William Owen Cowger (January 1, 1922 – October 2, 1971), a Republican, served as mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, and as a member of the United States House of Representatives.

Cowger was born in Hastings, Nebraska. He moved to Louisville, Kentucky to study political science at the University of Louisville. After other graduate work and military service in World War II, he returned to Louisville and became president of a mortgage loan company. In 1961, Cowger was elected mayor of Louisville for a single four-year term. (State law at the time did not allow him to seek re-election.) Cowger was then elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1966 and served in the House of Representatives from January 3, 1967 to January 3, 1971. Cowger unsuccessfully sought re-election in 1970 while dealing with a fatal illness, but was defeated by Democrat Romano L. Mazzoli. After his defeat, Cowger returned to his mortgage business in Louisville and died less than one year after. He is buried in Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville.

External links[edit]

  • United States Congress. "William Cowger (id: C000823)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles R. Farnsley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 3rd congressional district

January 3, 1967–January 3, 1971
Succeeded by
Romano L. Mazzoli