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Guide to the Andrew Cowan Death Announcement MSS.3132

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University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

October 2010

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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2011-02-08T16:47-0600

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English

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Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Andrew Cowan Death Announcement

Unit ID:

MSS.3132

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.1 Linear feet

Dates:

1919

Abstract:

Card announcing the death of Col. Andrew Cowan.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Wade Hall, 2008

Preferred Citation:

Andrew Cowan Death Announcement, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains a card from Andrew Cowan & Co., Inc., announcing the death of Col. Andrew Cowan on Saturday, August 23, 1919, in Louisville, Kentucky.

Biographical/Historical note

Andrew Cowan was born September 29, 1841 to William Strong Cowan and Margaret I. Campbell in Scotland. Cowan enlisted in the Union Army in the 1st New York Battery as a Lieutenant in November 1861, where he served in several campaigns, eventually being promoted to brevet Lieutenant Colonel on April 9, 1965. The unit was honorably discharged and mustered out June 23, 1865 in Syracuse, New York.

Cowan married his first wife, Mary Asdit, in New York, and she bore him a son in 1867; she died a month later. After the war, he married his second wife, Anna Gilbert, in 1876. She bore him a son, Gilbert S., that same year in Louisville, Kentucky.

Cowan founded a retail leather business in Louisville and served on company boards, including a printing company for the blind, and was a park commissioner. He was also active in veterans' organizations and befriended the Confederate veterans in the city. He eventually sponsored a proposal to hold a joint Union and Confederate veterans reunion in Washington in 1917. Andrew Cowan died August 23, 1919, at the age of 78.

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Announcement Box SC0052 Folder 3132.1