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November 14th 1949
The Baltimore Sun
(Copyright © Reprinted with permission from the Baltimore Sun)

Gen. Washington Bowie, Veteran Soldier Dies
Gen. Washington Bowie, soldier of two wars and a member of one of Maryland’s best-known families, died early today at his home in Lutherville. He would have been 77 on November 20.

In failing health for about a year, General Bowie retired from the National Guard in 1936 with the rank of major general. He had been a member of the Maryland bar since 1896, and was former general counsel for the Safe Deposit and Trust Company.

The Circuit Court for Baltimore County adjourned at 11 A. M. In respect to General Bowie. He had been a member of the county bar association for nearly half a century.

Judge Comments
Speaking for the court, Judge J. Howard Murray said:

“The court, of course, regrets the death of General Bowie, although he had a full and complete life. He was distinguished in every activity. He was an excellent lawyer, distinguished soldier. He was a gentleman in the most definite sense and his life will be honored and his passing mourned as long as those who knew him lived.”

General Bowie was born in Montgomery county, the son of Washington Bowie and the former Miss Nellie Schley.

He attended Brookville Academy and was graduated from the University of Maryland Law School in 1895.

General Bowie joined the Maryland National Guard as a private at the time of the Frostburg strike in 1894 and served in the Spanish-American War as captain.

In the Mexican border campaign of 1916 and 1917, he was a lieutenant colonel of field artillery, and with the rank of colonel commanded the 110th Field Artillery in World War I. He remained in command of that unit until promoted to brigadier general by the late Governor Nice in 1934.

General Bowie was married in 1911 to Miss Marion Johnson, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jonas Johnson of Chicago. Besides his wife, he is survived by three sons, Johnson Bowie and Washington Bowie 5th, of Lutherville, and Major Richard Turner Bowie, of Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and a brother, David McAlpin Bowie, of Montogomery county.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock from Chapel Gate, Arlington National Cemetery; where General Bowie will be buried.

General Bowie was a member of the Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Lutherville, Society of Colonial Wars, Maryland Club, Twinty-ninth Division Association, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Masons.

He had been a member of the Towson Draft Board since 1940 and remained in that position until his death.