Natchez Democrat clipping

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Colonel George F. Bowles, the well known colored attorney and one of the leaders of his race died yesterday morning at his residence on St. Catherine street. Deceased was in his fifty-sixth year and had been a resident of this city for the past 28 years.

He was born in Charleston, S.C., in 1844, his father being a native of California and a free man. Colonel Bowles was a quiet unobtrusive man, courteous in the extreme and always deferring to the wishes of others. He had the respect of everyone who knew him and in the years of his residence in this city he earnestly sought to hold and deserve that respect. He was for several terms a member of the State Legislature as a representative from Adams county and though he was a Republican his vote in the Legislature was cast in favor of all measures designed for the best interests of the people. He was admitted to the bar of this county and his every act has been such as to please the members of the bar. He was an earnest worker in behalf of his race and exhorted his people to follow the best rules of morality and to advance themselves in the works of a higher and nobler life.

He was a self-sacrificing man at all times and gave readily and without ostentation to all charities. He was the founder of the Universal Brotherhood and a high officer in colored Knights of Pythias and Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Each order will pay the proper respect to his memory and will attend the funeral in a body.

Deceased was a widower, his wife having died about three months ago. Her death was a severe blow to him and he never fully recovered from the shock. He leaves no near relatives to mourn his loss.




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