Archives of Maryland
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Thomas Fielder Bowie (1808-1869)
MSA SC 3520-1974


Born April 7, 1808, at "Essington," Prince George's County. Son of Thomas Contee and Mary (Wooton) Bowie. Grandnephew of Walter Bowie. Attended Charlotte Hall Academy, St. Mary's County; Union College, Schenectady, New York, 1827. Studied law with his brother-in-law, Reverdy Johnson. Admitted to the bar in Upper Marlboro, Prince George's County, in 1829, at the age of twenty-one. Married Catherine Harrison Waring (d. 6/2/1849), November 18, 1830; children: Henry Waring (b. 9/2/1832), Henry Waring (b. 6/5/1834), Thomas Waring (b. 6/5/1834), Thomas Fielder, Jr. (b. 5/14/1836), Sarah Louise (4/17/1838-1/24/1922), Henry Contee (5/18/1840-10/24/1864), Mary Mackall (b. 8/22/1841), Ellen Waring (8/1880-1896), and Edith Plantagenet (b. 5/12/1845). Married Virginia Griffith (d. 2/5/1895), July 24, 1855; children: Edward Griffith (b. 9/1855), Alexander, and Robert Bruce (7/9/1865-3/13/1921). Died October 31, 1869, in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Buried at Mount Pleasant, Prince George's County.

Lawyer, planter, and horse breeder. Deputy Attorney General, Prince George's County, 1833-1842. Member, House of Delegates, Prince George's County, 1837-1838 and 1845. Member, 1850 Constitutional Convention, Prince George's County. Member, U. S. House of Representatives, 1855-1859

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