Selwyn Z. Bowman

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Selwyn Zadock Bowman
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1883
Preceded byNathaniel P. Banks
Succeeded byLeopold Morse
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
Member of the Massachusetts Senate
In office
Personal details
BornMay 11, 1840
Charlestown, Massachusetts, USA
DiedSeptember 30, 1928(1928-09-30) (aged 88)
Framingham, Massachusetts, USA
Resting placeMount Auburn Cemetery
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Martha Emily Tufts
ChildrenMabel E. Bowman, Ethel Bowman
Alma materHarvard College, 1860
Harvard Law School, 1863

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

He served as a member of the State house of representatives in 1870, 1871, and again in 1875. He served as 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, and resumed the practice of law in Boston. He again served as city solicitor of Somerville from 1888 to 1897. He moved to Cohasset in 1914, and continued the practice of law in Boston.

Bowman died in Framingham, Massachusetts, on September 30, 1928. He was interred in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge.

See also[edit]


  • United States Congress. "Selwyn Z. Bowman (id: B000705)". 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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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Nathaniel P. Banks
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 5th congressional district

March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1883
Succeeded by
Leopold Morse