- John Rowan (politician)
John Rowan (
July 12, 1773– July 13, 1843) was an American lawyer and Democratic-Republican politician from Louisville, Kentucky.
York, Pennsylvania, Rowan moved to Kentucky around 1783. He received a thorough classical training, and studied law in Lexington, Kentucky. He was admitted to the bar in 1795 and commenced practice in Louisville.
Rowan was a member of the second State constitutional convention held at
Frankfort, Kentuckyin 1799. He was Kentucky's Secretary of State from 1804 to 1806. He was elected as a Republican to the House of Representatives for Kentucky's 3rd district, serving from March 4 1807to March 3 1809. He was also a member of the Kentucky House of Representativesfrom 1813 to 1817 and in 1822 and 1824. He served as a judge of the Kentucky Court of Appealsfrom 1819 to 1821. He supported the New Court faction in the Old Court-New Court controversy.
Rowan was elected to the
United States Senateand served from March 4 1825to March 3 1831. There he was chairman of the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary. Rowan was appointed commissioner for carrying out the treaty of 1839 with the Republic of Mexico. He served as president of the Kentucky Historical Societyfrom 1838 until his death in Louisville in 1843. He was interred in the family burial ground at Federal Hill, near Bardstown, Kentucky. He was the uncle of Robert Todd Lytle. Rowan County, Kentuckywas named in his honor.
* American National Biography
* Dictionary of American Biography
* Fackler, Stephen. "John Rowan and the Demise of Jeffersonian Republicanism in Kentucky from 1819 to 1831." Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 78 (Winter 1980): 1-26
* Jillson, Willard Rouse. Tales of the Dark and Bloody Ground: A Group of Fifteen Original Papers on the Early History of Kentucky. Louisville: Dearing Printing Co., 1930.
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