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William Owen COWGER

(1922-1971)

COWGER, William Owen, a Representative from Kentucky; born in Hastings, Adams County, Nebr., January 1, 1922; attended Hastings High School; one year at Texas A.&M.; graduated from Carleton College, Northfield, Minn.; three years of postgraduate study in political science at the University of Louisville and American University; graduated from Navy Midshipmen’s School at Columbia University, New York City; served twenty months in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters during the Second World War; president Thompson & Cowger Co., a mortgage loan company; in 1953 elected president of the Louisville Junior Chamber of Commerce; president, Kentucky Municipal League, 1963; president, Inter-American Municipal Organization, 1964-1965; in 1961, elected mayor of Louisville, Ky., on the Republican ticket; served for many years as the third district Republican congressional chairman and also as a member of the State central committee; elected as a Republican to the Ninetieth and to the Ninety-first Congresses (January 3, 1967-January 3, 1971); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1970 to the Ninety-second Congress; returned to his business career in Louisville, Ky., where he died, October 2, 1971; interment in Cave Hill Cemetery.

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

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