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Jacob Pitzer COWAN

(1823-1895)

COWAN, Jacob Pitzer, a Representative from Ohio; born in Florence, Washington County, Pa., March 20, 1823; attended the common schools; moved with his parents to Steubenville, Ohio, in 1835; engaged in the manufacture of woolens until 1843; studied medicine; in 1846 moved to Ashland County, Ohio, where he commenced the practice of his profession; was graduated from Starling Medical College, Columbus, Ohio, March 6, 1855; member of the State house of representatives 1855-1857; resumed the practice of medicine in 1859; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1875-March 3, 1877); chairman, Committee on Militia (Forty-fourth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1876; again engaged in the practice of medicine in Ashland, Ohio, where he died July 9, 1895; interment in Ashland Cemetery.

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

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