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Bowler, James Madison "J.M."

House 1878 (District 34)

Party when first elected:  Not Available

Counties Served:  Renville


Date of Birth: 7/10/1838
Birth Place: Lee, Maine
Birth County:
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: ??/??/1916
Gender: Male
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names: J.M.
Alternate Spelling of Last Name: Bowier
City of Residence (when first elected): Beaver Falls
Occupation (when first elected): Farmer


Common Schools; Elementary School;
Lee Academy; Secondary;
Westbrook Seminary; Postsecondary;


Municipal Government: Minnesota (Held Town Offices); 1??? to 1???
School Board/Administration: Minnesota (Held School District Offices); 1??? to 1???
Military: 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, Company E; 04/1861 to 1861
Military: 3rd Minnesota Regiment, Infantry Volunteers, Company F (Private, Corporal, Sergeant; Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, October 1862; Captain, December 1, 1862); 09/23/1861 to 04/01/1865
Military: 113th United States Colored Troops (Commissioner Major); 04/01/1865 to 04/09/1866
State Legislative Staff: Minnesota House of Representatives (Speaker's Clerk); 1891 to 1891
State Agency: Minnesota State Dairy and Food (Commissioner); 1899 to 1901


Spouse: Elizabeth "Lizzie" S. Caleff (married on November 30, 1862)
Children: One child: Victoria (daughter)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:


Toensing lists his last name as Bowler. The Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1878 lists both Bowler and Bowier.

He came West in March 1857. He moved to St. Anthony Falls, Minnesota in April 1858. He moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota in October 1901.

He was nominated for Minnesota Lieutenant Governor on the ticket with John Lind for Governor of Minnesota in 1896 and 1898.

He was nominated for Minnesota Railroad Commissioner on the Democratic ticket in 1902. (The History of Renville County, Minnesota, 1916)

Total Days Served: 364


20th Legislative Session (1878)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 34
Elected: 11/6/1877
Residence: Beaver Falls
Term of Office: 1/8/1878 to 1/6/1879
Counties Represented: Renville
Occupation: Farmer
Party: Not Available
  • Joint Relief from Grasshopper Devastation Special
  • Military Affairs
  • Tree Culture and Fuel
Articles & Books About
Foroughi, Andrea R. Go If You Think It Your Duty: A Minnesota Couple's Civil War Letters. Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2008.

"J. M. Bowler." The History of Renville County, Minnesota. Chicago: H.C. Cooper, Jr. & Co., 1916, p. 1091.