Benjamin S. Cowen

Benjamin Sprague Cowen ( born September 27, 1793 Washington County, New York, † September 27, 1869 in St. Clairsville, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1841 and 1843 he represented the State of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Benjamin Cowen attended the common schools and studied medicine for it. During the British -American War he served as a private soldier in the American armed forces. In 1820 he moved to Moorefield in Ohio, where he practiced as a doctor. After a subsequent law degree in 1829 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he started in St. Clairsville to work in his new profession. There he were 1836-1840 the newspaper out Belmont Chronicle. Politically, he joined the Whig party to. In 1839 he was a delegate to the national convention in Harrisburg, where William Henry Harrison was nominated as a presidential candidate.

In the congressional elections of 1840 Cowen was in the eleventh electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Isaac Parrish on March 4, 1841. Until March 3, 1843, he was able to complete a term in Congress. This period was characterized by the tensions between President John Tyler and the Whigs. It was also at that time already been discussed about a possible annexation of the independent Republic of Texas since 1836 by Mexico.

In the years 1845 and 1846, Benjamin Cowen sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Ohio. In 1847 he became chairman of appeal judges. He died on September 27, 1869, his 76th birthday, in St. Clairsville.

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