The Bowman Collection is a mixture of oral histories, newspaper clippings, and copies of primary and secondary sources documenting nineteenth century Texas. Almost all of the oral histories are represented in the collection as handwritten, typed and copies – all three are often stapled together. The collection is organized in three series, professional papers including speeches and articles as well as correspondence, research files organized geographically, and research files organized by person.
The largest concentration of information is on Hunt Country and Northeast Texas history. Judge Bowman was particularly interested in the first Anglo families to settle the area, and he took oral histories from their descendants. Interspersed with these are newspaper clippings from 1920’s and 1930’s about nineteenth century Texas, and copies of original documents transcribed by Bowman.
Lucius Linton (L.L.) Bowman was born in Tate County, Mississippi on July 27, 1872 to H. F. and Patty Bowman. He attended Iuka Normal Institute and University of Mississippi before receiving a Bachelor of Laws degree from Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tennessee in 1895. Bowman was admitted to the State Bar of Texas that same year and settled in Greenville, TX. He served as City Attorney of Greenville from 1902 to 1908, writing the Greenville city charter in that capacity in 1906. Bowman then served as district attorney to the Eighth Judicial District which included Hunt, Hopkins, Delta and Rains counties. In 1930 he was appointed Judge of the Eighth District, and ran unopposed in 1933. Bowman was also a member and chair of the Greenville school board for 17 years, and active in the Kavanaugh Methodist Church in Greenville. He was active in state and national politics, and served as a member of the Texas delegation to the 1924 Democratic National Convention. He was married to Mary Murff (1873 - 1959), and had three children, Lindon L. Bowman Jr., Mary Bowman, and Edith Bowman. Bowman was an avid local historian, and collected oral accounts of many topics of nineteenth century Northeast Texas history.
Part of the Special Collections, Gee Library, Texas A&M University-Commerce Repository
Please cite as: The Bowman Papers, collection 2008.04, James G. Gee Library Special Collections, Texas A&M University-Commerce. http://archives.tamuc.edu/repositories/2/resources/3 Accessed December 14, 2017.
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