O.P. Bowser

Oliver Perry Bowser

Full Name: Oliver Perry Bowser
Date of birth: March 21, 1842
Date of death: December 14, 1915

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 37 Jan 10, 1905 - Jan 8, 1907 29th (1)   Democrat Dallas / Dallas   Dallas
S 6 Jan 8, 1895 - Jan 10, 1899 24th (3)   25th (2)   Democrat Dallas / Dallas   Dallas, Rockwall
S 6 Jan 10, 1893 - Jan 8, 1895 23rd (4)   Democrat Dallas / Dallas   Dallas, Rockwall

(1) O.P. Bowser (House district 37), postoffice Dallas, nativity Ohio, lands and real estate, member of former Legislatures: 23rd, 24th, 25th Senate, Democrat. Texas Legislative Manual.
(2) 25th Legislature - Roll of holdover Senators, 1/12/1897, p. 1. Senate Journal.
(3) 24th Legislature - Roll of Senators-elect, oath of office administered, 1/8/1895, p. 1. Senate Journal.
(4) 23rd Legislature - All 31 Senators are listed in Roll Call on First Day, 1/10/1893, p. 1; resolution by Sen. Cranford that the Senators shall now be divided by lot into two classes, 1/11/1893, p. 5; drew term of 2 years. Senate Journal. January 10, 1893 January 11, 1893

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

Biographical Sketches

  • Biographical sketch, Oliver Perry Bowser, pp. 324-325. The Encyclopedia of the New West, 1881.
  • Biographical sketch, "Lawmakers of Texas: Something about Men Who Left Records at Austin: Cranford, Bowser, Simpson, Atlee, Imboden, Steele, Greer and Douglass. Their Personal and Political Points," 8/27/1893, p. 13. Galveston Daily News.
  • BOWSER, OLIVER P. (1842-1915). Death date 12/15/1915. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biographical sketch, Volume III, pp. 1429-1431. Death date 12/14/1915. Bowser "served a term in the lower house of the Legislature and in 1892 was elected state senator and served one four-year term and two two-year terms. Following that he was again elected a representative." A History of Texas and Texans, 1916.
  • Biographical sketch, O.P. Bowser, pp. 34-35. Born 3/21/1842 in Montgomery County, Ohio. Texas State Government: A Volume of Biographical Sketches and Passing Comment, 25th Legislature, 1897.

Military Service Notes

  • Oliver Perry Bowser, Confederate States Army, 2nd Lieutenant. U.S., Veterans' Gravesites, ca.1775-2019; Handley Family Tree. Ancestry.com.
  • Confederate States Army, 2nd Lieutenant, 18th Texas Cavalry. Oliver Perry Bowser, military grave marker, birth date 3/21/1942, death date 12/15/1915, Greenwood Cemetery, Dallas; O.P. Bowser (1843-1915), photo, Grove Hill Memorial Park, Dallas. Find a Grave. O.P. Bowser Oliver Perry Bowser

Other Resources

  • Obituary, "Col. Oliver P. Bowser Dies Suddenly at Home," 12/15/1915, p. 16. "Died at 6 o'clock yesterday . . . " Dallas Morning News.
  • O.P. Bowser, birth date 3/21/1842 in Miamisburg, Ohio; death date 12/14/1915 in Dallas; occupation: real estate. FamilySearch Texas Deaths, 1890-1976.


  • Photograph. O.P. Bowser, 29th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. O.P. Bowser, 25th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. O.P. Bowser, 24th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. O.P. Bowser, 23rd Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

29th R.S. - 1905
Private Corporations  
Revenue and Taxation  
25th R.S. - 1897
Commerce and Manufacturing (Chair) 
Confederate Home, Special  
Insurance, Statistics and History  
Internal Improvements  
Judiciary No. 2  
Mining and Irrigation  
Public Buildings and Grounds  
Public Debt  
State Affairs  
State Asylums  
Towns and City Corporations  
24th R.S. - 1895
Commerce and Manufactures (Chair) 
Insurance, Statistics and History  
Internal Improvements  
Judicial Districts  
Military Affairs  
Public Buildings and Grounds  
Roads and Bridges  
Towns and City Corporations  
Treasurer's and Comptroller's Departments  
23rd R.S. - 1893
Commerce and Manufactures  
Judicial Districts  
Public Debt  
Roads and Bridges (Chair) 
State Affairs  
Town and City Corporations  
Treasurer's and Comptroller's Office  

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