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Peyton Green Bowman Jr (November 9, 1852 in Charleston County, South Carolina; died September 16, 1916 in Asheville, North Carolina) was an attorney.

Bowman was one of seven children born to Reverend Peyton Bowman and the former Ellen Tobin, from Virginia and South Carolina, respectively. He grew up in South Carolina and graduated from Wofford College in Spartanburg before reading law. He was admitted to the bar in San Antonio, Texas in 1874 and practice there until 1882. He married the former Marguerite Grenet on November 7, 1877. He reportedly left Texas while under indictment for forgery.

He returned to Sumter, South Carolina until moving to Birmingham in June 1888 where he was made partner in the firm of Bowman & Harsh, later Bowman, Harsh & Beddow.

In 1892 Bowman chaired the gubernatorial campaign of Kolb, of the Jeffersonian Democratic Party. During the 1894 miner's strike Bowman criticized Governor Thomas G. Jones's use of the Alabama State Militia to suppress strikers.

Soon later, in June 1894, P. G. Bowman and John T. Bowman were charged with the murder of Eugene Jeffers, the son of former Mayor of Birmingham Thomas Jeffers.

He lectured in favor of prohibition in 1907, but later changed his stance and argued against prohibition in 1911.

Bowman died in Asheville, North Carolina in September 1916 and is buried in a family plot at the Savannah Advent Church Cemetery in Bishopville, South Carolina.


  • "The Bowman Murder Trial" (June 21, 1894) The Montgomery Advertiser.

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