US Congressman. He was born one of three children (he also had a brother and a sister), to Sylvester Stowell and his wife Fanny Chandler Bowen Stowell in Windsor, Vermont, on July 26, 1840. He was educated locally and attended the public common schools in Boston, Massachusetts. He also attended and graduated from the prestigious Boston Latin School in Boston, Massachusetts in 1858. Following his education, he engaged in several mercantile pursuits. He was employed with the C.O. Whitmore & Sons Company of ship owners in the East India trade from 1858 to 1865. He then moved to the State of Virginia where he became involved in politics. He served as Collector of Internal Revenue for Virginia's Fourth District in 1869. He then decided to run for a seat in the United States Congress and was elected. A Member of the Republican Party, he then served Virginia's 4th District (Forty-Second Congress, Forty-Third Congress, and Forty-Fourth Congress), in the United States House of Representatives from March 4, 1871, to March 3, 1877. He was not a Candidate for renomination in 1876. After his term in the United States Congress expired he was succeeded in office by United States Representative Joseph Jorgensen on March 4, 1877. During his term in the United States Congress he also served as Chairman of the Republican State Committee of Virginia from 1872 to 1873, and as a Delegate to the Republican National Convention from the State of Virginia in 1876. An Episcopalian, he was also in numerous business pursuits in different cities around the United States. He moved to Appleton, Wisconsin, in 1880 and engaged in paper manufacturing and later moved to Duluth, Minnesota in 1886 and engaged in paper and steel manufacturing. He was the Founder, and Secretary-Treasurer of the Fox River Pulp Company, Atlas Paper Company, Duluth Iron and Steel Company, and President of the Manufacturers Bank of West Duluth from 1889 to 1895. He retired from active business pursuits in 1896. He also worked for a time as a correspondent in Paris, France, for various newspaper publications. He was also a lifelong member of the Sons of the American Revolution, the Society of the Colonial Wars, the American Red Cross, N.E. Historical and Genealogical Society, and the Minnesota Historical Society. He was also the author of several works including, "Separation Of Churches And The State In France," "The Stowell Genealogy: A Record Of The Descendants Of Samuel Stowell Of Hingham, Massachusetts," "The Results Of Our Mexican Policy," "What America Thinks-A Reminence of Gen. Garibaldi," "Letters And Talks With Sir Edwin Carson," and "The Descendents Of Samuel Hyde." He moved to Amherst, Massachusetts, in 1914, where he spent his final years. He passed away following weeks of failing health at his apartment in Amherst, Massachusetts, on April 27, 1922, at the age of 81, and was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Bronx, New York. He married Emelyn Clara "Emma" Averill on November 13, 1873, and the couple had two children together, two boys named John and William. His wife Emelyn passed away in Manhattan, New York, on September 28, 1911, at the age of 68, and is buried beside her husband in Woodlawn Cemetery in Bronx, New York. His many famous relatives include politicians like his father-in-law John Thomas Averill, third cousin twice removed of Henry Fisk Janes, a fourth cousin of John Mason, Jr., fourth cousin once removed of Carlos Coolidge, Elijah Livermore Hamlin, Hannibal Hamlin, John Maxwell Stowell, George Pickering Bemis, Blake C. Fisk, and Claude Vinton Stowell.
Bio by: Kris 'Peterborough K' Peterson
Emelyn Clara Averill Stowell