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Thomas Fielder BOWIE

(1808-1869)

BOWIE, Thomas Fielder, (grandnephew of Walter Bowie and brother-in-law of Reverdy Johnson), a Representative from Maryland; born in Queen Anne, Prince Georges County, Md., April 7, 1808; attended Charlotte Hall Academy in St. Marys County, Md., and Princeton College, Princeton, N.J.; was graduated from Union College, Schenectady, N.Y., in 1827; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1829 and commenced practice in Upper Marlboro, Md.; deputy attorney general for Prince Georges County 1833-1842; member of the State house of delegates 1842-1846; unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1843; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1850 to the Thirty-second Congress; member of the State constitutional convention in 1851; member of the judicial committee assisting in framing the State’s new constitution; presidential elector on the Whig ticket in 1852; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fourth and Thirty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1855-March 3, 1859); was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1858 to the Thirty-sixth Congress; resumed the practice of his profession; died in Upper Marlboro, Md., October 30, 1869; interment in the Waring family burying ground at Mount Pleasant, near Upper Marlboro, Md.

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

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