COWEN, Benjamin Sprague, (1793 - 1869)


COWEN, Benjamin Sprague, a Representative from Ohio; born in Washington County, N.Y., September 27, 1793; attended the common schools; studied medicine; served in the War of 1812 as a private; in 1820 moved to Moorefield, Ohio, where he practiced medicine and studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1829 and commenced practice in St. Clairsville, Ohio; edited the Belmont Chronicle 1836-1840; delegate to the Whig National Convention at Harrisburg, Pa., in 1839; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1841-March 3, 1843); member of the State house of representatives in 1845 and 1846; presiding judge of the court of common pleas in 1847; died in St. Clairsville, Belmont County, Ohio, September 27, 1869.