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Selwyn Z. Bowman

Selwyn Zadock Bowman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1879-March 3, 1883
Preceded by Nathaniel P. Banks
Succeeded by Leopold Morse
Personal details
Born May 11, 1840
Charlestown, Massachusetts, USA
Died September 30, 1928(1928-09-30) (aged 88)
Framingham, Massachusetts, USA
Resting place Mount Auburn Cemetery
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Martha Emily Tufts
Children Mabel E. Bowman, Ethel Bowman
Alma mater Havard College, 1860
Harvard Law School, 1863
Profession Attorney
Selwyn Zadock Bowman (May 11, 1840 – September 30, 1928) was an attorney and politician who served in several public offices including that of U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.

Bowman as born in Charlestown, Massachusetts, to Zadock and Rosetta (Crane) Bowman, he attended the Charlestown public schools, and Chalestown High School.

Bowman moved to Somerville, Massachusetts, with his parents in 1856.

He graduated from Harvard University in 1860 and from its law school in 1863. He was admitted to the bar in 1863 and commenced practice in Boston, Massachusetts, and continued his residence in Somerville, Massachusetts. He served as member of the State house of representatives in 1870, 1871, and again in 1875. City solicitor of Somerville, Massachusetts, in 1872 and 1873. He served in the State senate in 1876 and 1877.

Bowman was elected as a Republican to the Forty-sixth and Forty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1879-March 3, 1883). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1882 to the Forty-eighth Congress. He returned to Somerville, Massachusetts, and resumed the practice of law in Boston, Massachusetts. He again served as city solicitor of Somerville, Massachusetts from 1888 to 1897. He moved to Cohasset, Massachusetts, in 1914, and continued the practice of law in Boston, Massachusetts. He died in Framingham, Massachusetts, September 30, 1928. He was interred in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts.


  • Selwyn Z. Bowman at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  • Headley, Phineas Camp: Public men of to-day: being biographies of the President and Vice-President of the United States, each member of the Cabinet, the United States Senators and the members of the House of Representatives of the Forty-Seventh Congress, the Chief Justice and justices of the Supreme Court of the United States, and of the Governors of the Several States., pages 293-294, (1882).

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