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Cowan, Thomas

Senate 1857-60 (District 17)

Party when first elected:  Not Available

Counties Served:  Brown, Nicollet

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: ??/??/1821
Birth Place: St. Andrews,
Birth County:
Birth Country: Scotland
Date of Death: 8/1/1863
Gender: Male
Religion:
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names:
Alternate Spelling of Last Name: Cowen
City of Residence (when first elected): Traverse des Sioux
Occupation (when first elected): Attorney

EDUCATION

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

County Government: Nicollet County (Register of Deeds); 1855 to ?

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Married
Children:
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

He came to Minnesota in 1854.

He died at Traverse des Sioux.

Total Days Served: 1133

SESSIONS SERVED

2nd Legislative Session (1859-1860)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 17
Elected: 10/12/1858
Residence: Traverse des Sioux
Term of Office: 12/7/1859 to 1/7/1861
Counties Represented: Brown, Nicollet
Occupation: Attorney
Party: Not Available
Committees:
  • Printing
  • Ways and Means

1st Legislative Session (1857-1858)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 17
Elected: 10/13/1857
Residence: Traverse des Sioux
Term of Office: 12/2/1857 to 12/6/1859
Counties Represented: Brown, Nicollet
Occupation: Attorney
Party: Not Available
Committees:
  • Internal Improvements
  • Public Buildings
  • Ways and Means (Chair)
Session Notes: He was sworn in on December 7, 1857 and subscribed to the oath of office on December 8, 1857. An 1858-59 session was not held due to the protracted session of 1857-58. (Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1872, p. 66) Thus, even though the first session was adjourned on August 12, 1858; the term end date for it is listed as the day before the second legislative session's start date.
Photographs
Thomas Cowan of Traverse des Sioux, member of the First State Legislature (ca. 1858) From the Minnesota Historical Society's Visual Resources Database

Articles & Books About
Obituary, St. Paul Pioneer, August 8, 1863, p. 1.