Leroy Edward Bowe

Leroy Edward Bowe

Hartwick, Otsego County, New York, USA
Death 1901 (aged 81–82)
Burial Otego, Otsego County, New York, USA
Plot Section: F, Plot:160
Memorial ID 68244057 · View Source
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Biographical sketches of the state officers and members of the Legislature ... By William D. Murphy


The legislative career of this gentleman was neither brilliant nor attractive. Wholly unaccustomed to public life he was but little adapted to the duties devolving upon him. He is the living illustration of the remark of a noted English celebrity, that " no man can be a good lawyer and a good statesman." His position at the bar is prominent and influential in the section of the State where he resides, and he is said to be in the enjoyment of a lucrative practice.

Mr. Bowe is a native of the town of Hartwick, Otsego county, N. Y., and is forty-two years of age. His father's family were from Connecticut, and his mother's from Rhode Island. He was originally a Democrat, but joined the late Union movement at the breaking out of the rebellion, and was chosen by that party a member of the Assembly. The habits of industry acquired in his profession were brought with him to the discharge of his public duties at Albany, but he was simply a worker—never a talker.

He married Caroline Eddy and they hade a daughter Adelaide Bowe, who married Charles Stilson.

Biographical Review:
Biographical Sketches of the Leading Citizens
Otsego County, New York
Boston: Biographical Review Publishing Co. 1893

Hon. Leroy Edward Bowe founded the Bowe Cabinet Company in 1887 and studied Law in Milford, N.Y. and was admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court in New York City in 1846.
He was in law practice in Middlefield, New York, 20 years then in practice in Otego for 24 years (as of 1893). (I am assuming he died there)
A staunch Republican, he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1872, casting his vote for President Grant.

His tombstone in Otego Baptist Cemetery gives his birth 1819, death 1901.

"A History of Otego" by Stuart Banyar Blakely
states "The Bowe Casket Company, Ltd., began building in the fall of 1887 and completed it within a year. Operations ceased in December 1904. On the averave twenty-five men were here employed."

Atlas of Otsego Co.... F.W. Beers 1868
shows the residence of L.E. Bowe south side of Main St. 4 lots west of Church St. It is west of the Presbyterian church parsonage and east of the Baptist church cemetery.

New Century Atlas of Otsego County, NY with Farm Records
Philadelphia: Century Map Co. 1903
Shows the "Bowe Est." south of the Bowe Casket Co. , which is on the lot southeast of the intersection of River St. and the railroad tracks.
Shows Mrs. C. Stilson residence as that on the 1868 map of L.E.Bowe residence.

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  • Created by: David Alan Bowe, MD
  • Added: 11 Apr 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 68244057
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Leroy Edward Bowe (25 Jul 1819–1901), Find A Grave Memorial no. 68244057, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Otego, Otsego County, New York, USA ; Maintained by David Alan Bowe, MD (contributor 47104697) .