William Henry Harrison Stowell

William Henry Harrison Stowell (July 26, 1840 – April 27, 1922) was a 19th-century congressman, merchant and industrialist from Virginia, Vermont, Massachusetts, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

William Henry Harrison Stowell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1871 – March 3, 1877
Preceded byGeorge W. Booker
Succeeded byJoseph Jorgensen
Personal details
Born(1840-07-26)July 26, 1840
Windsor, Vermont
DiedApril 27, 1922(1922-04-27) (aged 81)
Amherst, Massachusetts
Resting placeWoodlawn Cemetery, New York City
Political partyRepublican
Professionbusinessman, politician, journalist


Born in Windsor, Vermont, Stowell attended public schools in Boston, Massachusetts as a child and graduated from Boston Latin School in 1860. He engaged in mercantile pursuits before moving to Virginia in 1865 and became collector of internal revenue for the fourth district in 1869. Stowell was elected a Republican to the United States House of Representatives in 1870, serving from 1871 to 1877 and was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1876. He moved to Appleton, Wisconsin in 1880 and engaged in paper manufacturing and later moved to Duluth, Minnesota in 1886 and engaging in paper and steel manufacturing. Stowell was president of the Manufacturers Bank of West Duluth from 1889 to 1895 and was a correspondent in Paris, France for various newspapers. He moved to Amherst, Massachusetts in 1914, where he died on April 27, 1922.[1] Stowell was interred in Woodlawn Cemetery in New York City.

Electoral history

  • 1870; Stowell was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives unopposed.
  • 1872; Stowell was re-elected with 65.61% of the vote, defeating Conservative Phillip Watkins McKinney.
  • 1874; Stowell was re-elected with 63.9% of the vote, defeating Democrat William Hodges Mann and Independent C.H. Porter.


  1. "Former Papermill Man Here Is Dead in East". The Post-Crescent. April 29, 1922. p. 1. Retrieved January 8, 2016 via Newspapers.com.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
George Booker
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Joseph Jorgensen

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