Senator LaMonte Cowles View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 2/24/1942
Birth Place: Oskaloosa, Iowa
Birth County: Mahaska
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 34 (1911) - 35 (1913)
Home County: Des Moines
Family Members Who Served in the Iowa Legislature: Gardner Cowles; GAs 28, 29
LaMonte Cowles
Des Moines County

LAMONTE COWLES, lawyer, died February 24, 1942, in Burlington, Iowa. Born in Oskaloosa, Iowa, September 30, 1859, he was the son of the Reverend William Fletcher Cowles and Maria E. Cowles. LaMonte was educated in Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant, Iowa, from which he was graduated in 1879. After a brief career with the engineering departments of the Union Pacific and the Chicago Burlington and Pacific railroads he read law and was admitted to the bar in 1886. Commencing the practice in Burlington that same year, he remained there continuously in the practice since. A staunch Republican in politics, he served in the Iowa State General Assembly as senator from his district in the 34th and 35th assemblies, 1911 and 1913. At various times in his career he served as chairman of the city, county and state congressional committees, was a member of the state central committee, and represented his party at three national conventions. A member of his county, state, and the American bar associations, he was likewise a member of numerous fraternal organizations.