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Gustavus Miller BOWER

(1790-1864)

BOWER, Gustavus Miller, a Representative from Missouri; born near Culpeper, Culpeper County, Va., December 12, 1790; attended the public schools; studied medicine in Philadelphia, Pa.; moved to Kentucky prior to 1812 and resided near Nicholasville; enlisted during the War of 1812 as a surgeon-dresser; was one of the few survivors of the massacre at Frenchtown, near Detroit, January 23, 1813; moved to Monroe County, Mo., in 1833, settled near Paris, and engaged in the practice of medicine and also in agricultural pursuits; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1845); resumed the practice of medicine; died near Paris, Monroe County, Mo., November 17, 1864; interment in the family burying ground north of Paris, Mo.

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

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