|Birth: ||Apr. 30, 1815|
|Death: ||Aug. 20, 1889|
"Moses Fowler was born on a farm near Circleville, Ohio, April 3, 1815. His father was a veteran of the Revolution and a Virginian by birth. Moses remained on the farm until 16, then learned the trade of a tanner. Two years at this and he accepted a clerkship in a mercantile store at Adelphia.
In 1839 he came to this city with John Purdue and they formed a partnership in the dry goods business. After five years he engaged in the same business alone. His next business venture was to become a partner with W. F. Reynolds and Robert Stockwell in the wholesale grocery trade. This partnership ended his mercantile pursuits.
His banking career began with the organization of the old State Bank here, of which he was made president. Its business was closed out in 1865 and he then founded the National State bank. In 1885 the charter of this bank expired and the Fowler National bank was organized. His business life was very successful and he accumulated a fortune of several million dollars. He has large holding of bonds, stocks and securities and has an immense landed estate, his realty in Benton County alone being worth almost a million. As a financier he had no peer in Lafayette.
In 1844, Mr. Fowler was married to Miss Eliza Hawkins, a sister of Mrs. Adams Earl, and Mrs. Dr. Vanderbilt, and who survives him. The result of this marriage was three children--Mrs. Fred S. Chase, since deceased; Mrs. Charles H. Duhme, of Cincinnati; and Mr. James M. Fowler, of this city.
Mr. Fowler was a Republican in politics and served one term in the city council. Beyond that he did not seek political preferment. He was connected with the Second Presbyterian church and was one of the trustees of Wabash College. He was also a member of the Lincoln club.
Mr.Fowler's name needs no mention to perpetuate it. The thriving little city in Benton County, the prosperous national bank of this city and the costly granite shaft in Springvale Cemetery will do that much more thoroughly than the press.
There were many things about Mr. Fowler's character to admire and he had many friends not only here but the country over. In point of wealth and influence he was the most important personage in the city and his death will be greatly felt. The funeral arrangements will be made today.
"Source: Obituary, Lafayette Morning Journal, August 21, 1889.
Moses Fowler came to Lafayette in 1839 and engaged in a number of business pursuits which made him very wealthy. At his death in 1889, Fowler had accumulated a fortune of several million dollars. Moses Fowler and his wife Eliza were donors to various community interests including Purdue University. Eliza Fowler Hall (razed) at Purdue University was named in honor of Eliza Fowler. Also the Moses Fowler House is located on the corner of Ninth and South Streets and now serves as the Tippecanoe County Historical Museum was the headquarters for the Tippecanoe County Historical Association.
Eliza Hawkins Fowler (1817 - 1902)*
James Madison Fowler (1844 - 1930)*
Emma Jane Fowler (1850 - 1851)*
Annis Fowler Chase (1852 - 1884)*
Ophelia Fowler Duhme (1854 - 1921)*
Note: age 74. Born near Circleville, Ohio. Came to Lafayette in 1839. Leaves widow and two children. Lot owner, Ophelia M. Fowler (Duhme)
Spring Vale Cemetery
Plot: sec 30 lot 1 page 138
Maintained by: L. A.
Originally Created by: Ran
Record added: Feb 21, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8425629