Son of James K. and Marian (Brissenden) Bothwell. He was a lawyer and assistant prosecuting attorney for Pettis County(1873-1876). In 1890, he served as acting judge in the circuit court. He became president of the Sedalia National Bank in 1896.
In 1902, he moved to St. Louis and organized the West St. Louis Water and Light Company. In 1892, he was elected first vice president of the Missouri League of Republican Clubs. He represented Pettis County in the 35th, 38th, 41st, and 42nd General Assemblies.
He was president of the Sedalia Board of Trade. He persuaded the Missouri Pacific Railroad to locate its principal manufacturing and repair shops in Sedalia, resulting in 1800 new jobs. He also led efforts to locate the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, which was a success.
He formed a corporation that established Bothwell Hotel and helped organize Bothwell Hospital and donated one hundred thousand dollars in government bonds to the hospital.
His home, Stony Ridge Farm is now a state historic site. After his niece died in 1969, the lodge was given to the state. In 1974, the Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources assumed responsibility of the property to develop it into a state park.
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Hattie E. Jaynes Bothwell
1864–1887 (m. 1884)
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