Of Norwalk, Connecticut, was born at New
Hartford, and was fifty-six years of age when this drawing was
made. By that time he had been a member of the Connecticut General
Assembly in 1881 and 1882 and had been re-elected in 1883 by
a very flattering vote, leading his party handsomely. This was
the first time in over fourty years that Norwalk had the same
Representative for three consecutive sessions. Mr. Cowles graduated
at Williams College in the class of 1845, and studied law in
the office of Chief-Justice Butler. After two years of practice
his health failed and he retired for a time from active work.
Subsequently he engaged in the insurance business and acted
as agent for several Hartford companies, including Aetna, Hartford
and Phoenix. In 1860, on incorporation of the Norwalk Insurance
Company, he became its Secretary, which position he held permanently.
He was also for many years Burgess of the Bourough of Norwalk.
Mr. Cowles was a Republican.