BOWERSOCK, Justin De Witt, (1842 - 1922)


”Around the Capital” (detail), engraving, Thomas Fleming, 1902, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

BOWERSOCK, Justin De Witt, a Representative from Kansas; born near Columbiana, Columbiana County, Ohio, September 19, 1842; moved to Iowa City, Iowa, in 1860 and engaged in mercantile pursuits and grain shipping; moved to Lawrence, Kans., in 1877 and engaged in banking and in the manufacture of flour, paper, and barbed wire; mayor of Lawrence 1881-1885; elected to the Kansas house of representatives in 1887; member of the State senate in 1895; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-sixth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1899-March 3, 1907); was not a candidate for renomination in 1906; interested in banking and manufactures in Lawrence, Kans., until his death there on October 27, 1922; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery.