Gustavus Miller Bower

Gustavus Miller Bower (* December 12, 1790 in Culpeper, Virginia; † November 17, 1864 in Paris, Missouri ) was an American politician. Between 1843 and 1845 he represented the State of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Gustavus Bower attended the public schools of his home. After a subsequent medical studies in Philadelphia and his medical license, he began to work in this profession. Even before 1812 he moved to Nicholasville, Kentucky. During the British - American War, he was a military doctor. He was one of the few survivors of the Battle of Frenchtown on January 23, 1813.

In 1833, Bower moved to Paris in Missouri, where he worked as a doctor and in agriculture. Politically, he was a member of the Democratic Party. In the congressional elections of 1842 he was in the then newly created fourth electoral district of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he took up his new mandate on March 4, 1843. Until March 3, 1845, he was able to complete a term in Congress. This was determined by the discussions about a possible connection since 1836 the independent Republic of Mexico Texas.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Gustavus Bower practiced as a doctor again. He died on 17 November 1864 in near Paris, where he was buried in the family cemetery.