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Jonathan Harvey Rowell
was a U.S. Representative
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Born in Haverhill, New Hampshire
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, Rowell attended Rock Creek School.
He graduated from Eureka College
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During the Civil War
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served as a company officer in the Seventeenth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry.
He studied law.
He was admitted to the bar
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in 1866 and commenced practice in Bloomington, Illinois
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State's attorney of the eighth judicial circuit of Illinois 1868-1872.
Rowell was elected as a Republican
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to the Forty-eighth
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and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1891).
He served as chairman of the Committee on Elections (Fifty-first
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He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1890 to the Fifty-second
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He resumed the practice of law.
He died in Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois, May 15, 1908.
He was interred in Evergreen Cemetery (Bloomington, Illinois)
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