Charles H. Cowles

Charles Holden Cowles (* July 16, 1875 in Charlotte, North Carolina; † October 2, 1957 in Mocksville, North Carolina ) was an American politician. Between 1909 and 1911 he represented the state of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Charles Cowles was a nephew of Congressman William HH Cowles (1840-1901) and a maternal grandson of Governor William Woods Holden ( 1818-1892 ). In 1885 he moved with his parents to Wilkesboro, where he attended both public and private schools. He graduated from Wilkesboro Academy and took a course in economics. At the same time he began a political career as a member of the Republican Party. In 1897 and 1914 he sat in the council of Wilkesboro. Between 1899 and 1901 he was an administrative employee in federal court in Statesville and Wilkesboro. After that, he was from 1901 to 1903 private secretary to Congressman Edmond Spencer Blackburn. In the years 1904-1908, 1920-1924, 1928-1930 and 1932-1934 he was a deputy in the House of Representatives from North Carolina. From 1904 to 1916 he was a delegate to all Republican National Conventions.

In the congressional elections of 1908 Cowles was in the eighth constituency of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Richard N. Hackett on March 4, 1909. Since he Democrat Robert L. Doughton defeated in 1910, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1911. In 1916, Cowles was nominated by the Progressive Party for the elections to the U.S. Senate; He rejected this nomination from but.

Cowles was also active as a journalist. Between 1906 and 1919 he published the newspaper " Wilkes Patriot". During the First World War he was a member of the Security Council in Wilkes County. In addition to his time as an MP in the House of Representatives of the State of Cowles was 1938-1940 and the Senate from North Carolina. During the Second World War he was chairman of Price Stability and rationing Committee in Wilkes County. Until retirement in October 1956 Charles Cowles again worked in the administration of the Federal Court in Wilkesboro. He died on 2 October 1957.