Member Biography

Warren T. Cowles 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1866       13 Republican
1867       13 Republican
1868       13 Republican


08/23/1824 - 08/28/1872

Brevet Major Warren T. Cowles (R13) Clinton, McKean, Potter and Tioga Counties 1866-1868

Early Life: 

Brevet Major Warren T. Cowles, born August 23, 1824, Bolivar, Allegany County, New York, son of Asa and Judith (Wilbur) Cowles; attorney; McKean bar, 1854; prosecuting attorney, McKean County, 1860; elected, assistant burgess of Smethport, 1864-1866; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1866-1868; married, Nancy Hayden, children, Warren Hayden Cowles, Helen Cowles, Harry H. Cowles; appointed, United States Attorney of the Dakota Territory, 1869-1872; died, August 28, 1872 (48) at his residence, Vermillion, Clay County, (Dakota Territory), South Dakota; interment, Bluff View Cemetery, Vermillion, Clay County, (Dakota Territory), South Dakota.   

 Early Career:

Enlisted, Captain, Company C, 211th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, mustered in, September 16, 1864, nine-month service. Cowles served under General John Frederick Hartranft (later Pennsylvania Governor) Army of the Potomac, saw action, Fort Harrison, Dutch Gap, Hatcher’s Run, Jerusalem Plank Road, Petersburg campaign; mustered out, June 2, 1865, Brevet Major. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Unsuccessful attempt, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1862.

Elected, assistant burgess of Smethport, while still on active duty, 1864-1866. 

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 13th district, Clinton, McKean, Potter and Tioga Counties, 1866-1868, committee assignments, Education, Judiciary Local, Library.

Continued Government Service/National Politics:

Moved, Yankton (South) Dakota Territory, 1869; member of territorial nominating convention representing Yankton, 1869, appointed, United States Attorney of the Dakota Territory, 1869-1872.  


Cox, Harold "Senate Members "C"Wilkes University Election Statistics ProjectWilkes University.

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1866). Smull, J.A., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 257, 261-263.

Sioux City Journal (Sioux City, Iowa) Thursday August 29, 1872, Page 1

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