George Meade Bowers

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George Meade Bowers (September 13, 1863 – December 7, 1925) was an American politician who represented West Virginia in the United States House of Representatives from 1916-1923.

George M. Bowers, during his tenure as Commissioner of Fisheries


Bowers was born in Gerrardstown, West Virginia. He was educated by private tutors and attended high school. Later, he engaged in banking.[1]

Bowers served as a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates 1883-1887. He was the supervisor of the United States census for West Virginia in 1890 and a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1892. He was a member and treasurer of the board of World’s Fair commissioners for West Virginia in 1893 and United States Commissioner of Fish and Fisheries from 1898 to 1903, and subsequently Director of the United States Bureau of Fisheries from 1903 to 1913, when he resigned.[1]

Bowers was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of William G. Brown, Jr. and was reelected to the Sixty-fifth, Sixty-sixth, and Sixty-seventh Congresses and served from May 9, 1916, to March 3, 1923. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1922 to the Sixty-eighth Congress. After leaving Congress, he was president of the People’s Trust Company. He died in Martinsburg, West Virginia in 1925 and was buried in the Presbyterian Cemetery, Gerrardstown, West Virginia.[1]

The specific name of the parrotfish Chlorurus bowersi , described in 1909 by John Otterbein Snyder, honours Bowers.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "BOWERS, George Meade (1863-1925)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 1774 to present. U.S. Senate Historical Office. Retrieved 9 February 2020.
  2. ^ Snyder, J. O. (1909). "Descriptions of new genera and species of fishes from Japan and the Riu Kiu Islands". Proceedings of the United States National Museum. 36 (1688): 597–610. doi:10.5479/si.00963801.1688.597.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William Gay Brown, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Robert E. Lee Allen