Notes for Robert Bowie, Governor
Maryland Governors Elected by the Legislature under the Constitution of 1776
Robert Bowie (1750-1818), 1803-1806, 1811-1812 he was a Democrat and born in PGCo.
Robert Bowie, son of Captain William and Margaret Sprigg Bowie, was born March, 1750, near Nottingham. During the American Revolution, he was commissioned First Lieutenant and then Captain in the County militia, and saw action in the early engagements around New York City and later in the southern campaigns. Bowie was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates for six terms, from 1785 through 1790. He was re-elected to the House of Delegates in 1801, but resigned in November, 1803, when he was elected Governor of Maryland. Bowie was re-elected Governor in 1804 and 1805, and again in 1811. In 1812, Governor Bowie supported Congress' declaration of war against England, but in November of that year was defeated in his effort to retain the governorship. Bowie's subsequent attempts to regain this office were unsuccessful and, in January, 1818, he died at his home in Nottingham.
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