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William Bismarck Bowling

William Bismarck Bowling, lawyer, was born September 24, 1870, in Calhoun County; son of William E. and Sarah (Elston) Bowling, natives of Tennessee and South Carolina, respectively, the former moved from Tennessee to Wedowee, Randolph County, where he taught school, and later located in Calhoun County, where he practiced medicine until his death in 1899; grandson of Allen and Elizabeth Elston, who came from South Carolina to Alabama about the year 1840, and of Samuel Bowling, a native of Virginia, who moved to Tennessee where he resided for many years, and died in Georgia while on a visit.

He received his early education in the public schools of Calhoun County, and was graduated from the state normal school at Jacksonville, 1892. He taught school until 1899, when, having read law in his spare time, he was admitted to the bar. He began to practice law at Lafayette, but later moved to Dadeville and has remained there in the practice of his profession. He was nominated as the Democratic candidate for the office of solicitor for the fifth circuit, April 11, 1904. He is a Baptist, a Mason, and a member of the Knights of Pythias.

June 2, 1896, Frances Collins, of Lafayette, daughter of George E. and Janie (Craig) Collins, both of whom were born in England.

1. George Randolph;
2. Marion;
3. Sarah Frances;
4. Elizabeth.


Source: History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, By Thomas McAdory Owen, LL.D., Volume III,
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Compnay, Chicago, 1921

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