Biography of Van Buren Bowser
Armstrong County, PA Biographies

VAN BUREN BOWSER, who has always been engaged in farming and stock raising, is one of the thrifty, reliable and well respected citizens of North Buffalo township. He is a son of Levi and Mary (Bowser) Bowser, and was born in Armstrong county, Pennsylvania, November 13, 1840. The Bowsers are of German origin, and Adam Bowser (grandfather) was born in Germany, and came to Pennsylvania, where be settled in East Franklin township, Armstrong county, and dealt extensively in stock. He was a democrat in politics and a member of the Church of the Brethren. He married and had four children, one son and three daughters. The son, Levi Bowser (father), was born in East Franklin township. He was a farmer by occupation, a democrat in politics aud a member of the Chnrch of the Brethren until his death. He married Mary Bowser, and reared a family of five children, - four sons and one daughter: Van Buren, Felix, Harrison, Wilson and Hannah. Mrs. Bowser's father) John Bowser (maternal grandfather), was born in Germany. He came to East Franklin township, this county, where he was engaged in agricultural pursuits until his death. He was a whig in politics, a member of the Church of the Brethren, and married Mary Rasor, by whom be had nine children, - four sons and five daughters.

Van Buren Bowser was reared on his father's farm, and received a common school education. Leaving school, he embarked in farming and stock-raising in North Buffalo township, where he owns a farm of one hundred and twenty five acres of well-improved land.

October 2, 1862, he married Sarah C. Chambers, who is a daughter of James Chambers, of Jefferson county, and was born March 17, 1839. To their union have been born twelve children, of whom seven died in infancy. Their surviving children are, - Charles W., born December 25, 1864; James A., born February 24, 1866; Albert E., born November 25, 1872; Mary M., born May 9, 1875, and Van Buren, Jr., born July 22, 1881.

In politics Mr. Bowser is a democrat, has held various township offices, and has always given a hearty support to his party. He is a niember of the Knights of Labor at Kittanning, believes in the principles of that order as being beneficial to the interests of the agricultural and laboring classes, and is known as a careful farmer and a good citizen.

Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia
of Indiana and Armstrong Counties, Pennsylvania
Samuel T. Wiley, Historian & Editor
John M. Greshan & Co.
Philadelphia, 1891

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