William H. H. Cowles

William Henry Harrison Cowles ( born April 22, 1840 in Hamptonville, Yadkin County, North Carolina, † December 30, 1901 in Wilkesboro, North Carolina ) was an American politician. Between 1885 and 1893 he represented the State of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


William Cowles was the uncle of Congressman Charles H. Cowles ( 1875-1957 ). He attended the public schools in his homeland. During the Civil War he rose to lieutenant colonel in the army of the Confederacy. After a subsequent law degree in 1868 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he started in Wilkesboro to work in this profession. Between 1872 and 1874 he was Clerk to the Senate of North Carolina. From 1874 to 1878 Cowles served as a prosecutor in the tenth judicial district of his state.

Politically, he was a member of the Democratic Party, whose Chairman he led for eight years in North Carolina. In the congressional elections of 1884 Cowles was in the eighth election district of his state in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Robert Vance on March 4, 1885. After three re- elections, he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1893 four legislative sessions. From 1887 to 1889 he was chairman of the committee responsible for supervising the expenditure of the Department of Justice; 1891 to 1893 he headed the mining committee.

1892 renounced William Cowles on a new Congress candidacy. In the following years he worked in agriculture; He also worked in various other industries. He died on December 30, 1901 in Wilkesboro.