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Frank Llewellyn Bowman

Frank Llewellyn Bowman (January 21, 1879 – September 15, 1936) was an American politician who represented West Virginia in the United States House of Representatives from 1925 to 1933.


Bowman was born in Masontown, Pennsylvania. He attended the public schools and then moved with his parents to Morgantown, West Virginia. He graduated from the West Virginia University in 1902, where he had been a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. After graduation, he worked as a teller in a bank at Morgantown from 1902 until 1904, when he resigned to take up the study of law. He was admitted to the bar in 1905 and commenced practice in Morgantown, West Virginia. In addition, he was also interested in coal mining.

Bowman was appointed postmaster of Morgantown, West Virginia May 25, 1911, and served until April 14, 1915, when a successor was appointed. He was the city mayor in 1916 and 1917 but declined renomination for mayor. Bowman was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-ninth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1925 – March 3, 1933) but was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1932 to the Seventy-third Congress.

After leaving Congress, Bowman organized a coal company in Washington, D.C., and served as president until appointed a member of the Board of Veterans Appeals of the Veterans’ Administration in 1935. He served until his death in Washington, D.C., on September 15, 1936. He was buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Morgantown, West Virginia.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert E. Lee Allen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Jennings Randolph

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