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Henry BOWEN

(1841-1915)

BOWEN, Henry, (son of Rees Tate Bowen, nephew of John Warfield Johnston, and cousin of William Bowen Campbell), a Representative from Virginia; born at “Maiden Springs,” near Tazewell, Tazewell County, Va., December 26, 1841; attended the public schools and Emory and Henry College, Emory, Va.; engaged in agricultural pursuits; entered the Confederate Army in 1861 as a captain of Cavalry in Payne’s brigade, Lee’s division, Army of Northern Virginia, and served until December 21, 1864, when he was captured by Sheridan’s cavalry at Lacy Springs, Va.; released June 19, 1865; returned to his native county and resumed farming; member of the State house of delegates 1869-1873; elected as a Readjuster to the Forty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1885); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1884; elected as a Republican to the Fiftieth Congress (March 4, 1887-March 3, 1889); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1888 to the Fifty-first Congress; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1892; resumed agricultural interests and stock raising in Tazewell County, Va.; died at his home, “Maiden Springs,” in Tazewell County, April 29, 1915; interment in Jeffersonville Cemetery, Tazewell, Va.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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