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Pennsylvania State Senate

Warren Cowles


Session Position District Party
1867 13 Republican
 Counties   Clinton, McKean, Potter, Tioga


1824 - 1872

Senator Cowles was born on Aug. 23, 1824, Bolivar, Allegany County, New York, the son of Asa and Judith (Wilbur) Cowles; married to the former Nancy Hayden.  The Senator studied law; joined the McKean bar in 1854; served as prosecuting attorney, 1860; unsuccessful bid for state House, 1862; enlisted as Captain, Co. C, 211th Regt., PVI, mustered in September 16, 1864, nine-month service.  Cowles served at Bermuda Hundred with the Army of the James, and under Gen. Hartranft and the Army of the Potomac saw action at Fort Harrison; Dutch Gap; Hatcher’s Run; Jerusalem Plank Road; and the Petersburg campaign; mustered out June 2, 1865, Brevet Major.  He was elected assistant burgess of Smethport in 1864, while still on active duty; state Senate, 1866-1868; moved to Yankton (South) Dakota Territory in 1869; appointed U.S. Attorney of the Dakota Territory, 1869-1872; member of Republican territorial nominating convention representing Yankton, 1869; died there at age 48, Aug. 28, 1872.