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William A. Rowan (November 24, 1882 – May 31, 1961) of Chicago was a U.S. Representative from Illinois from 1943 to 1947. He previously served as a member of the Chicago City Council from 1927 to 1942. He was a resident of Chicago's East Side community.

William A. Rowan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1943 – January 3, 1947
Preceded byRaymond S. McKeough
Succeeded byRichard B. Vail
Personal details
Born(1882-11-24)November 24, 1882
Chicago, Illinois
DiedMay 31, 1961(1961-05-31) (aged 78)
Chicago, Illinois
Political partyDemocratic

He graduated from St. Patrick Grade School and St. Patrick High School and attended the University of Chicago. He was employed in a steel plant after graduation. He was associated with a daily community newspaper in Chicago, becoming city editor and editor, 1907-1927. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1946 to the Eightieth Congress. He was appointed United States Comptroller of Customs at Chicago, Ill., on January 21, 1947, in which capacity he served until 1953. He was interred in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Worth, IL.

External linksEdit

  • United States Congress. "William A. Rowan (id: R000473)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Raymond S. McKeough
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 2nd congressional district

1943–1947
Succeeded by
Richard B. Vail