Maryland Governor. Born on a plantation near Nottingham, Prince George's County, Maryland, he was educated near Baltimore, Maryland. He was appointed to a committee to see that the resolutions of the American Continental Congress was carried out in 1774 and then to a Committee of Observation in 1775 in which he was instructed to enroll a company of Minutemen at the outbreak of the Revolutionary War. He was commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant in the militia that was formed in Nottingham in 1776 and was then commissioned that same year to Captain of the 2nd Battalion Maryland Flying Artillery. After the war ended he was elected to the House of Delegates for six consecutive terms from 1785 to 1790. Upon leaving the House of Delegates he was appointed a Major of the militia and Justice of Peace in Prince George's County, Maryland. He became governor in 1803 and was re-elected for his eligible three year term which ended in 1807 in which he was once again appointed Justice of the Peace. When America was to enter into war with England for the second time he was again elected as Governor of Maryland, serving from 1811 to 1812. His career ended when members of the Federalist party were attacked at a private dinner party, which resulted in some being killed. When no apprehensions for that crime were made Robert Bowie was accused of shielding the criminals. He fought hard to regain his gubernatorial seat back unsuccessfully until his death. He died at the plantation, Mattaponi, in which he was born and was buried at the plantation in the family graveyard.
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