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Cdv of General James Bowen
Cdv of General James Bowen. Please see his biography below. Superb view as a brigadier holding a spectacular sword.
J. Taylor, 191 Sixth Ave. photographer's b/m.

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Bowen, James, brigadier-general, was born in New York city in 1808. Left an ample fortune by his father, he was the first president of the Erie railway, holding that office for many years. He vas a member of the state legislature in 1848 and 1849, and subsequently held various civic offices, being in 1855 the first police commissioner in New York city. At the beginning of the Civil war he raised several regiments, which were formed into a brigade, of which he was made brigadier-general. After Gen. Butler left New Orleans, Gen. Bowen went there, being made provost-marshal-general of the Department of the Gulf in Dec., 1862. He resigned, July 27, 1864, and on March 13, 1865, was made brevet major-general of volunteers. His last public office was that of commissioner of charities, to which he was appointed by Mayor Havemeyer, and which he held for many years. Gen. Bowen was a man of unusual qualtities, and numbered among his intimate friends such men as Daniel Webster and William H. Seward. He died at Hastings-on-the-Hudson, Sept. 29, 1886.

Source: The Union Army, vol. 8