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 Frank J Bowman

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Frank J Bowman

Birth
Vermont, USA
Death
21 Oct 1889 (aged 47–48)
Ferguson, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Burial
Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Plot
Lot #2284 Block 43-44. No marker as of March 2014.
Memorial ID
125294672 View Source

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.

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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