Henry Leland BOWLES, Congress, MA (1866-1932)


BOWLES, Henry Leland, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Athens, Windham County, Vt., January 6, 1866; attended the district schools at Kendricks Corner and Vermont Academy at Saxtons River, Vt.; at the age of eighteen moved to Osage, Iowa, and engaged in agricultural pursuits; later moved to California, where for four years he worked as lumberjack, rancher, and farmer; returned east and settled in Massachusetts, working in Waltham, Salem, and Lynn at various businesses; trustee of the Vermont Academy; moved to Springfield, Mass., in 1898 and operated a chain of restaurants; member of the Governor’s council in 1913, 1918, and 1919; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1920 and in 1924; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-ninth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of George B. Churchill; reelected to the Seventieth Congress and served from September 29, 1925, to March 3, 1929; was not a candidate for renomination in 1928; resumed his former business pursuits; died in Springfield, Mass., May 17, 1932; the remains were cremated and the ashes interred in Springfield Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present