BOWDON, Franklin Welsh (1817-1857)

BOWDON, FRANKLIN WELSH, (uncle of Sydney Johnston Bowie), a Representative from Alabama; born in Chester District, S.C., February 17, 1817; attended the common schools and was graduated from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa in 1836; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Talladega, Ala.; member of the State house of representatives in 1844 and 1845; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-ninth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Felix G. McConnell; reelected to the Thirtieth and Thirty-first Congresses and served from December 7, 1846, to March 3, 1851; chairman, Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds (Thirty-first Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1850; moved to Henderson, Rusk County, Tex., in 1852, where he resumed the practice of his profession; died in Henderson, Tex., June 8, 1857; interment in the City Cemetery.

The Huntington Library
San Marino, CA
Papers: In the J. Perry Worden collection, 1821-1936, 13 boxes.
The Chilton-Rice-Bowdon letters, constitute the largest part of the collection. The letters center around the family of Thomas Chilton (1798-1854), a U.S. representative from Kentucky from 1827 to 1833. Chilton had thirteen children, including Frances Jane and Sara Elizabeth. Frances Jane married into the Rice family of South Carolina and Sara Elizabeth married Franklin Welsh Bowdon (1817-1857), a Congressman from Alabama. These letters mostly focus on the Chilton-Rice-Bowdon families as well as on issues of national politics.