OWENS, James W., (1837 - 1900)

OWENS, James W., a Representative from Ohio; born in Springfield Township, Franklin County, Ind., October 24, 1837; pursued academic studies; was graduated from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, in 1862; during the Civil War enlisted in the Union Army as a private in the Twentieth Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, for three months’ service; reenlisted and was made first lieutenant of Company A, Eighty-sixth Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and on the reorganization of that regiment was made captain of Company K; attended the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1864 and 1865; was admitted to the bar in 1865 and commenced practice in Newark, Licking County, Ohio; elected prosecuting attorney of Licking County in 1867 and reelected in 1869; elected to the State senate in 1875; reelected in 1877, and served as president of that body; member of the board of trustees of Miami University 1878-1896; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-first and Fifty-second Congresses (March 4, 1889-March 3, 1893); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Interior (Fifty-second Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1892; resumed the practice of his profession; died in Newark, Licking County, Ohio, on March 30, 1900; interment in Cedar Hill Cemetery.