Frank J Bowman

Frank J Bowman

Birth
Vermont, USA
Death 21 Oct 1889 (aged 47–48)
Ferguson, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Burial
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Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Plot Lot #2284 Block 43-44. No marker as of March 2014.
Memorial ID 125294672 · View Source
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Lawyer, politician, real estate mogul. Age approximately 48 years at time of death.

Judging by newspaper reports of the time, Mr. Bowman was a very colorful lawyer who engaged in "fisticuffs" in the courtroom, challenged others to duels, etc. He was disbarred for 2 years and then reinstated.

Many of his tribulations were due to his financial interest in the St. Louis Times and disagreements with the Bar Association and state legislature.

Father: Jonas Bowman who died 11-21-1855 in Barnard, Vermont.
Note: newspaper article (taken from "Sedalia Wkly Bazoo" 10-29-1889) about Frank's death incorrectly describes him as son of East St. Louis Mayor Bowman.
Mother: Sabra "Phillips" Bowman

Wives:
1st - Mary V, married June 1867 and divorced June 1886. They had one daughter, Florence
2nd - Stella Pratt, married 1887 until his death.
3rd - There was a "common-law" wife by the name of Ida M Clement who sued him in court for divorce and alimony. They were together sporadically from 1880 to 1886 and had 2 children.
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Per Find A Grave contributor Connie Nisinger: Frank is buried between Sabra and Frank J. Bowman Jr. The grave is unmarked. It's seemingly possible that Frank Jr is his son, but I have been unable to verify.
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Note: Date of death is listed as 10-28-1889 in the "Sedelia Wkly" newspaper, however an edit was sent to me that he died on 10-21-1889. Bellefontaine Cemetery shows him being buried on 10-23-1889.
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Contributor Piney Trail kindly sent a link to a detailed article about Mr. Bowman's death. For those wishing to read it, it can be found in the Library of Congress' website: Chronicling America. Search for Marysville, KY's "Evening Bulletin's" front page, Oct 22, 1889. A later issue of the same paper (June 13, 1890) speaks of his last will and probate.


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  • Created by: PJH / Angelbird
  • Added: 18 Feb 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 125294672
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Frank J Bowman (1841–21 Oct 1889), Find A Grave Memorial no. 125294672, citing Bellefontaine Cemetery, Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by PJH / Angelbird (contributor 47451707) .