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Richard Johns BOWIE

(1807-1881)

BOWIE, Richard Johns, a Representative from Maryland; born in Georgetown, D.C., June 23, 1807; attended the public schools and Brookville Academy; studied law and was graduated from the Georgetown Law School in 1826; commenced practice in Washington, D.C., in 1826; admitted to practice before the Supreme Court in 1829; moved to Rockville, Md., and engaged in agricultural pursuits and also practiced law; member of the State house of delegates 1835-1837; served in the State senate 1837-1841; delegate to the Whig National Convention at Harrisburg, Pa., in 1840; State’s attorney for Montgomery County 1844-1849; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-first and Thirty-second Congresses (March 4, 1849-March 3, 1853); unsuccessful Whig candidate for Governor in 1853; resumed the practice of his profession in Rockville; chief judge of the court of appeals of Maryland 1861-1867; chief judge of the sixth judicial circuit, and as such also an associate judge of the court of appeals of Maryland, from November 7, 1871, until his death near Rockville, Montgomery County, Md., March 12, 1881; interment in Rockville Cemetery.

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

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