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Charles Holden COWLES

(1875-1957)

COWLES, Charles Holden, (nephew of William Henry Harrison Cowles), a Representative from North Carolina; born in Charlotte, N.C., July 16, 1875; moved with his parents to Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, December 26, 1885; attended Charlotte graded school, private schools, Wilkesboro Academy, and completed a commercial college course; member of the board of aldermen of Wilkesboro in 1897 and again in 1914; deputy clerk of the United States Court at Statesville and Charlotte 1899-1901; private secretary to Representative Edmond S. Blackburn 1901-1903; member of the State house of representatives 1904-1908, 1920-1924, 1928-1930, and 1932-1934; delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1904, 1908, 1912, and 1916; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-first Congress (March 4, 1909-March 3, 1911); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1910 to the Sixty-second Congress; nominated in 1916 by the Progressive Republicans for the United States Senate but declined the nomination; established and published the Wilkes Patriot, Wilkesboro, N.C., 1906-1919; during the First World War served as a member of the Wilkes County council of defense; was a member of the State senate 1938-1940; served as chairman of War Price and Rationing Board No. 1 for Wilkes County from January 7, 1942, to September 15, 1945; appointed deputy clerk of the United States Court in Wilkesboro on April 1, 1941, and served until his retirement in October 1956; died in Mocksville, N.C., October 2, 1957; interment in Episcopal Church Cemetery, Wilkesboro, N.C.

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

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