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, 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, 1866-68; 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). (i)

 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) 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.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Unsuccessful attempt, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1862.

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

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate 13th District, Clinton, McKean, Potter, Tioga counties, 1866-68, member Eductaion, Judiciary Local and Library Committees.

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.  


Smull’s Legislative Hand Book, (1866) Smull, J.A., Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, page 257 and 261-263.


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