Oregon Republican League:
Republican League Register of Oregon, The Register Publishing Company, 1896, page 194.
COWLES, HON. JOHN W., of McMinnville, was born in Onandaga County, New York, November 3, 1823, and was educated at the De Reuter Institute of Pompey Hill Academy. He taught school and farmed in Ohio and Wisconsin till 1852, when he went to California and mined, coming a little later to Oregon. He taught school in Yamhill County. He was one of the founders of the party, and was elected County Auditor on the first Republican ticket in the county. He was then elected County Clerk two terms and County Judge two terms, serving eight years. In 1870 he was elected to the State Senate, resigning after one session. In 1888 he was one of the organizers of the McMinnville National Bank, of which he is president. He has been frequently a member of county and state conventions.
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