Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Bowman mss., 1922-1952, consist of correspondence, estate and tax reports, and historical notes of Lewis Smith Bowman, 1867-1960, auditor and government researcher. Bowman was born July 31, 1867, on a farm near Hagerstown, in Wayne County, Indiana. He taught school for fifteen years, beginning in 1888, and at the turn of the century began his public service career, holding various local and state offices for more than fifty years. Among the elected offices held were town clerk, Hagerstown; Jefferson Township trustee; Wayne County auditor; and one term as State auditor. He was active in the Republican Party virtually all of his adult life, serving eight years as county chairman, and from 1937 until his retirement in 1953 he was director of research for the Republican State Committee.

The collection is arranged in three groups: correspondence, 1939-1952, pertaining chiefly to Bowman's role in the administration of the estates of Hagerstown manufacturer Charles Newton Teetor, 1870-1937, and of John H. Kepler of Waco, Texas; copies of Bowman's state and federal income and property tax forms for some of the years 1922-1947; and typed transcripts, notes and news clippings presumably gathered by Bowman as part of his historical researches. Included in this latter group are "...Commissioners' Record of Wayne County, from 1811 to 1817, inclusive..." (T.D., 8p.) and "Scraps of Wayne County History" (T.D., 4p.).

Transfer. Dept. of Political Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 1995

Collection size: 60 items

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