Henry L. Bowles

U.S. Congressperson

1866 – 1932


Who was Henry L. Bowles?

Henry Leland Bowles was a United States Representative from Massachusetts. He was born in Athens, Vermont on January 6, 1866. He attended the district schools at Kendricks Corner and Vermont Academy. At the age of eighteen, he moved to Osage, Iowa and engaged in agricultural pursuits. He later moved to California, where for four years he worked as lumberjack, rancher, and farmer. Bowles returned east and settled in Massachusetts, working in Waltham, Salem and Lynn at various businesses. He was a trustee of the Vermont Academy. He moved to Springfield in 1898 and operated a chain of restaurants.

He was elected a member of the Governor’s council and was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1920 and in 1924. He was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-ninth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of George B. Churchill. Bowles was reelected to the Seventieth Congress and served from September 29, 1925 to March 3, 1929. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1928 and resumed his former business pursuits. In 1928, he purchased the Orange Grove Plantation on Saint Helena Island near Frogmore, Beaufort County, South Carolina.

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