BOWMAN, HENRY CLAY

Copyright 2011-2018 John N. Lupia, III


Henry Clay Bowman (1842-1925), was born on October 28, 1842, at Lebanon, Pennsylvania, son of Michael Bowman (1802-1855), and Jane Tennis Bowman (1811-1892).

He served with the Pennsylvania Volunteers during the Civil War.

 He wrote a letter to Thaddeus Stevens (1792-1868) requesting that taxing of liquor businesses should be changed. He lists three changes that should be applied to the Tax Law. 3 February 1863.

On November 24, 1872, he married Sophia Sperber (1850-1921), at Des Moines, Iowa. They had six children : William (1873-1942), Fanny (1878-1881), Harry (1881-1901), Mary (1882-), Charles (1890-1920), and Florence.

He went into partnership in the crockery business with his older brother Israel Tennis Bowman (1835-1922), in a firm called the Bowman Brothers.

Fig. Bowman's correspondence with the Chapman Brothers, ordering a copy of the Warner priced catalogue, postmarked August, 1891, franked by Scott #220. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic Library, Special Collection, The Chapman Family Correspondence Archive. Estimate $150. Write john@numismaticmall.com

 
Fig. Bowman's correspondence with the Chapman Brothers, postmarked September 20, 1893, franked by two very scarce  Scott #235. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic Library, Special Collection, The Chapman Family Correspondence Archive. The stamps alone are valued over $100 in the current market. Estimate $225. Write john@numismaticmall.com

Fig. Bowman's correspondence with Henry Chapman, Jr., sending bids on Henry Chapman's first independent auction the sale of the Leeds collection, together with other information, signed H. C. Bowman, postmarked November 21, 1906, on postal stationery. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic Library, Special Collection, The Chapman Family Correspondence Archive. Estimate $300. Write john@numismaticmall.com

His coin collection was sold at auction by Henry Chapman, Jr., on November 28-29, 1913.

He died on December 1, 1925, at Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He is buried at Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio.


Bibliography:

The Numismatist



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