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James B. Bowlin

Born: Jan 16, 1804

Death: Jul 19, 1874

Birthplace: Fredericksburg

Nationality: United States

James B. Bowlin

Date of Birth : Jan 16, 1804
Date of Death : Jul 19, 1874
Birth Place : Fredericksburg

James Butler Bowlin was a U.S. Representative from Missouri. Born near Fredericksburg, Virginia, Bowlin apprenticed to a trade, but abandoned it to teach at a school. He received a classical education and moved to Lewisburg, Virginia in 1825. Bowlin studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1822, commencing his practice in Greenbrier County. He moved to St. Louis, Missouri in 1833 and continued the practice of law. Bowlin also established the Farmers and Mechanics' Advocate. Bowlin served as Chief Clerk of the State House of Representatives in 1836. He served as member of the Missouri House of Representatives in 1836 and 1837, was appointed district attorney for St. Louis in 1837, and was an unsuccessful candidate for the State House of Representatives in 1838. Bowlin was elected judge of the criminal court in 1839 and served until his resignation in 1842. Bowlin was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth and to the three succeeding Congresses. He served as chairman of the Committee on Private Land Claims, Committee on Public Lands. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1850 to the Thirty-second Congress.

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