BOWMAN, Thomas, (1848 - 1917)


BOWMAN, Thomas, a Representative from Iowa; born in Wiscasset, Lincoln County, Maine, May 25, 1848; moved to Council Bluffs, Iowa, in 1868; engaged in mercantile pursuits; elected treasurer of Pottawattamie County in 1875, and reelected in 1877 and 1879; mayor of Council Bluffs in 1882; appointed postmaster in 1885 and served until 1889, when he resigned; purchased controlling ownership of the Council Bluffs Globe in 1883; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second Congress (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1893); was not a candidate for renomination in 1892; again postmaster of Council Bluffs 1904-1908; engaged in railroad contracting; died in Council Bluffs, Iowa, December 1, 1917; interment in Pine Grove Cemetery, Dresden Mills, Maine.