BOWIE, Sydney Johnston, (1865 - 1928)


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

BOWIE, Sydney Johnston, (nephew of Franklin Welsh Bowdon), a Representative from Alabama; born in Talladega, Talladega County, Ala., July 26, 1865; attended private schools, and was graduated from the law department of the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa in 1885; was admitted to the bar June 1, 1885, and commenced practice in Talladega, Ala.; city clerk of Talladega in 1885 and 1886; member of the board of aldermen in 1891; member of the Democratic State executive committee 1894-1899; moved to Anniston, Ala., in 1899; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-seventh, Fifty-eighth, and Fifty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1901-March 3, 1907); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1906; moved to Birmingham and continued the practice of law until 1919, when he engaged in business there as an automobile dealer; member of the Southern Education Board in 1908 and 1909; member of the Birmingham Board of Education 1915-1919; chairman of the State educational commission in 1920; delegate at large to the Democratic National Convention in 1920; president of the Alabama Tuberculosis Commission 1920-1922; member of the State harbor commission in 1922 and 1923; died in Birmingham, Ala., May 7, 1928; interment in Elmwood Cemetery.