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Harry E. Rowbottom

Harry Emerson Rowbottom (November 3, 1884 - March 22, 1934) was a Republican U.S. Representative from Indiana.


Born in Aurora, Indiana, Rowbottom moved with his parents to Ludlow, Kentucky, in 1885. He attended the common schools, and graduated from Ludlow High School in 1901. He then attended Kentucky State College at Lexington 1902-1904.

From 1904-1907 Rowbottom worked selling lubricating oils and then attended the Cincinnati Business College where he graduated in accountancy in 1907. He was engaged as an auditor in Cincinnati 1907-1910 and Chicago from 1910-1912. He moved to Evansville, Indiana, in 1913 and was employed as chief clerk for the Indiana Refining Co. 1913-1918.


Rowbottom served as a member of the Indiana House of Representatives from 1919-1923.

He was then elected as a Republican to the Sixty-ninth, Seventieth, and Seventy-first Congresses (March 4, 1925 – March 3, 1931). It was during his last term that he was convicted of accepting bribes in exchange for appointments to the US Post Office.[1]

Post career

He was unsuccessful for reelection in 1930 to the Seventy-second Congress and became engaged as a commercial agent for a truck line.

He died in Evansville, Indiana, March 22, 1934 and is interred in Locust Hill Cemetery.[2]


  1. ^, April 15, 1931, ROWBOTTOM GUILTY IN POSTAL JOB SALES; Ex-Indiana Representative Gets Year in Leavenworth on BribeTaking Charges.[1]
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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William E. Wilson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
John W. Boehne, Jr.

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