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Bowman, Phineas

PHINEAS BOWMAN served in the war of the Revolution as captain in a Massachusetts regiment, but was usually addressed by the title of colonel. He came to Newburgh with the army, and either remained here after its disbandment, as was the case with several of his contemporaries in the service, or returned here not long subsequent to that event. He was a man of high legal attainments; was admitted to practice in the courts of Ulster County in 1790; rose rapidly in his profession, and rendered his constituents valuable service, as a member of the Legislature of 1798, by securing the passage of the law erecting the present county of Orange. During the last few years of his life, however, he lost character and fortune by habits of intemperance; and his memory is now preserved only through the medium of anecdotes arising from occurrences in which he was a principal participant. The date of his death is not known. He left one daughter, Mary, who married Benjamin Anderson. His wife, Mary, died March 22, 1813, in her fifty-eighth year, universally esteemed by all who enjoyed her acquaintance.


 

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