Bowie, James

Bowie, James bo͞o´ē, bō´ē [key], c.1796–1836, American frontiersman, b. Logan co., Ky. With his brother, Rezin, he engaged in land speculation in Louisiana and Arkansas. In Texas from 1828, Bowie became a leader of American settlers who opposed the Mexican government and joined in the Nacogdoches disturbances of 1832. When the Texas revolution began in 1835, he was appointed colonel he died at the Alamo . The legend attributing the bowie knife to his invention is disputed.

See C. L. Douglas, James Bowie (1944) R. W. Thorp, Bowie Knife (1948) W. C. Davis, Three Roads to the Alamo (1998).

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