Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Lowes in:
 • Glenwood Cemetery
 • Washington
 • District of Columbia
 • District Of Columbia
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Sponsor This Memorial!
Ralph Phillips Lowe
Learn about removing the ads from this memorial...
Birth: Nov. 27, 1805
Warren County
Ohio, USA
Death: Dec. 22, 1883
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

Iowa Governor. Ralph P. Lowe served as the governor of Iowa from January 13, 1858, to January 11, 1860. He also served as a justice of the Iowa Supreme Court from 1860 to 1867, including four years as the chief justice.

See the Governors of Iowa virtual cemetery.

Iowa Governor Ralph Phillips Lowe

Born: November 27, 1805
Died: December 22, 1883
Birth State: Ohio
Party: Republican
Family: Married Phoebe Carleton; nine children
Religion: Presbyterian
School(s): Miami University
Periods in Office: From: January 13, 1858
To: January 11, 1860

State Web Site

RALPH PHILLIPS LOWE, Iowa's fourth governor, was born in Warren County, Ohio on November 27, 1805. After graduating from Miami University in 1829, he studied law in Alabama, and then established a legal practice with his brother in Dayton, Ohio. In 1840, he moved to Muscatine, Iowa, and started a career in politics. He served as a member of the 1844 Iowa State Constitutional Convention, and was the district judge of the first district of Iowa from 1852 to 1857. Lowe won the 1857 Republican gubernatorial nomination and was sworn into office on January 13, 1858. Due to an amendment in the constitution, Lowe's term in office was reduced from four years to a two. During his tenure, a state census was authorized, the state agricultural college act was established, the state bank of Iowa was incorporated, and an educational institution for the blind was initiated. After leaving office in January 1860, Lowe was elected justice of the Iowa State Supreme Court, where he served four years out of eight as chief judge. In 1868, he moved to Washington, D.C. and worked as an assistant to the U.S. district attorney. Governor Ralph P. Lowe died on December 22, 1883 and was buried at the Glenwood Cemetery.


Historical for Muscatine County Iowa

Iowa Historical Record, 7 (1981): 145-58.

Iowa Journal of History, 58 (1960): 207-18.

The Political Graveyard

Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 2, Westport, Conn., Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

Family links: 
  Jacob D. Lowe (1767 - 1839)
  Martha Perlee Lowe (____ - 1810)
  Phoebe Carleton Lowe (1819 - 1891)
  Peter Perlee Lowe (1801 - 1886)*
  Ralph Phillips Lowe (1805 - 1883)
  John Gilbert Lowe (1817 - 1892)**
*Calculated relationship
Glenwood Cemetery
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Plot: N-21-5
Created by: Steven Tynan
Record added: Aug 24, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 41095511
Ralph Phillips Lowe
Added by: ltenney1
Ralph Phillips Lowe
Added by: Steven Tynan
Ralph Phillips Lowe
Added by: Terrance Adkins
There is 1 more photo not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

- Jim Henwood
 Added: Jun. 10, 2013
- Jay
 Added: Mar. 21, 2011

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service