FOWLER, Orin (1791-1852)

FOWLER, ORIN, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Lebanon, Conn., July 29, 1791; pursued classical studies and attended Williams College, Williamstown, Mass.; was graduated from Yale College in 1814; studied theology and pursued extensive missionary work in the Valley of the Mississippi; finally settled as a minister in Plainfield, Conn., in 1820; moved to Fall River, Mass., in 1829, where he was installed as pastor of the Congregational Church in 1831; wrote a history of Fall River in 1841; served in the State senate in 1848; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-first and Thirty-second Congresses and served from March 4, 1849, until his death in Washington, D.C., September 3, 1852; interment in the North Burial Ground, Fall River, Mass.

Dartmouth College Library
Rauner Special Collections Library
Hanover, NH
Papers: In the Bartlett Family Papers, 1790-1930, 8.25 linear feet.
Other authors include Orin Fowler.


New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: June 22, 1846. 1 letter.
Finding aid in repository.

  • Fowler, Orin. A disquisition on the evils of using tobacco, and the necessity of immediate and entire reformation. Boston: W. Peirce, 1835.
  • ------. History of Fall River: With notices of Freetown and Tiverton. As published in 1841 by Orin Fowler; together with a sketch of the life of Rev. Orin Fowler, an epitome of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island boundary question, an account of the great fire of 1843, and ecclesiastical manufacturing, and other statistics. Fall River, [Mass.]: Almy & Milne, Printers, 1862.
  • ------. Slavery in California and New Mexico: Speech of Mr. Orin Fowler, of Massachussetts, in the House of Representatives, March 11, 1850. [Washington, D.C.]: Buell & Blanchard, [1850].
  • ------. Speech of the Hon. Orin Fowler, of Massachusetts, on the legislation of Massachusetts--our government--the disposal of the public lands--the tariff--constitutional law--and our foreign relations. Delivered in the House of Representatives of the United States ... March 31, 1852. [Washington, D.C.: Buell & Blanchard, printers, 1852].