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Joseph Rowan (September 8, 1870 – August 3, 1930) was a U.S. Representative from New York.

Joseph Rowan
Joseph Rowan.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 19th district
In office
March 4, 1919 – March 4, 1921
Preceded byWalter M. Chandler
Succeeded byWalter M. Chandler
Personal details
Born(1870-09-08)September 8, 1870
New York, New York
DiedAugust 3, 1930(1930-08-03) (aged 59)
New York, New York
Political partyDemocratic Party
Spouse(s)Cora Cook


Joseph Charles Rowan was born in New York City on September 8, 1870. He attended the public schools and graduated from Columbia Law School in 1891.[1] He was admitted to the bar in 1892 and practiced in New York City. He was also involved in banking and other businesses, including serving as a trustee of the West Side Savings Bank.[2] In 1905, Rowan married Cora Cook, the daughter of Dr. Stephen Cook, the chief surgeon of the New York City Police Department.[3]

A Democrat allied with Tammany Hall,[4] in 1920 Rowan ran successfully for a seat in the U.S. House, defeating incumbent Walter M. Chandler. He served in the 66th United States Congress, March 4, 1919 – March 4, 1921. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1920, and resumed the practice of law.

He died in New York City on August 3, 1930.[5] Rowan was interred in Woodlawn Cemetery.[6]


  1. ^ Columbia University, Officers and Graduates of Columbia College, 1894, page 365
  2. ^ Savings Banks Association of the State of New York, Century of American Savings Banks, 1917, page 357
  3. ^ Reading Eagle, Sisters Married at Same Time, November 30, 1905
  4. ^ The Tammany Times, News of the Districts: Twenty-Fifth District, November 21, 1903, page 12
  5. ^ New York, New York Death Index, 1862-1948, entry for Joseph Rowan, retrieved August 3, 2014
  6. ^ Thomas E. Spencer, Where They're Buried, 1998, page 250

External linksEdit

  • United States Congress. "Joseph Rowan (id: R000472)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Joseph Rowan at Find a Grave

  This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Walter M. Chandler
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 19th congressional district

Succeeded by
Walter M. Chandler