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Alpheus Michael Bowman (1911-14)

Colonel Alpheus Michael Bowman, whose parents were of German Lutheran descent, was born in Rockingham County, Virginia, January 11th, 1847. He attended the county schools and the New Market Academy. He afterwards served two years in the war between the states as private, was taken prisoner March, 1865, and was confined in Fort Delaware until June 1st, 1865.

From very early life he has loved the farm, and has given much of his time to stock raising, having exported to Europe and South America many improved cattle. For eleven years he was a member of the Executive Committee of the American Shorthorn Breeders Association, Vice President of the American Berkshire Association, first President of the American Saddle Horse Association, and is now a life member of the American Jersey Cattle Club.

Colonel Bowman has held many public positions of importance and responsibility. For twelve years he served on the Democratic State Committee; and for a number of years was Chairman of the Democratic Committee for Roanoke County. He served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention at St. Louis in 1888. In 1901 he was sent to the House of Delegates from Roanoke County, and was appointed a member of the Finance Committee, the most important of the committees of the House. For six years he was Chairman of this Committee. In this Committee he secured the appropriation of $50,000.00 for an exhibit of Virginia's products at the World's Fair in St. Louis; also a great fund for the appropriation to celebrate the tercentenary of the settlement at Jamestown.

Colonel Bowman has served on various boards, both public and private; he has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Roanoke College, and Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the Southern Lutheran Orphan Home at Salem. He served, also, for four years on the Board of Directors of the Southwestern Hospital for the insane at Marion, and for the same period for the Central State Hospital at Petersburg.

He is now President of the Diamond Orchard Company near Salem, President of the Bank of Salem, and a member of the Virginia Tax Commission.

Colonel Bowman is a member of the Lutheran Church. He is a man of pleasing manners, fine business ability, and good judgment.

From the Bulletin of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute -- The State Agricultural and Mechanical College, Opening Number, Vol. 3, No. 4, October 1910