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Source: COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD of HARTFORD COUNTY,
CONNECTICUT (Containing
Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, and of Many of the Early
Settled Families.); Illustrated.;
Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1901.

Page 278

EDGAR CLARENCE COWLES, M.D. The Cowles family is one of the oldest in this country, and the subject of this biography, a successful physician at Hartford, is of the seventh generation of actual residents within our borders. He traces his descent from John Cowles, an Englishman, who came to Massachusetts in 1636, and settled in Farmington, this county, in 1640.

(II) Isaac Cowles, son of the pioneer, was born in 1675, and died in 1756.

(III) James Cowles, born in 1723, died in 1789.

(IV) Jeremiah Cowles was born in 1774, and died in 1834. He married Abigail Woodruff.

(V) James Woodruff Cowles was born in Farmington, and always lived in the old homestead. He died in 1868. In politics he was a Republican, and at one time served town constable. He was also interested in religious work as a member of the Congregational Church. He Married Amelia A. Hills, daughter of Sylvester Hills, and they had six children: Edgar Phillip, our subject's father; Frances Mary, deceased; Emily Dickinson, who married James W. Moore, of Cleveland, Ohio; Charlotte A., deceased; Gustavus; and Arthur, a resident of Des Moines, Iowa.

(VI) Edgar Phillip Cowles was born in Farmington July 17, 1840, and died in Hartford June 3, 1891. During the Civil War he rendered valuable aid in the mustering office at Hartford under Gen. Pease, and in the field as a member of Company B., 22nd Connecticut V. I. On June 6, 1866, he became treasurer of the Case, Lockwood & Brainerd Co.. At one time he was clerk in the "United States Hotel". Later he gave much attention to finance as a director of the First National Bank of Hartford, and for many years he managed the estate of Newton Case, of Hartford. He was married in Farmington, Connecticut, to Miss Eunice M. Slater, daughter of Norris Slater, a well-known citizen, and they had two children:: Gertrude (who was born June 26, 1869, and died Sept. 27, 1869) and Edgar Clarence.

(VII) Dr. Edgar C. Cowles was born in Hartford Sept. 1, 1875, and his education was begun in the local schools. He attended the Connecticut Literary Institute, Suffield, for two years, and in 1894 entered the Medical Department of Boston University. His medical course work continued at the Cleveland University of Medicine and Surgery, where he was graduated March 22, 1897; at the New York Polyclinic Medical School and Hospital, where he did special work in operative surgery and gynecology in 18 97-98; at the Lying-in-Hospital; and the Mothers and Babes Hospital, New York. From July, 1899, to Feb., 1900, he was in charge of the Hartford Dispensary, and his success points to a bright professional future. He is now medical examiner for Hartford Lodge, New England Order of Protection. The Doctor is a member of the Dunham Medical Society, the Connecticut Homeopathic Medical Society, and the United Order of the Golden Cross, being medical examiner for the last named.

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