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James Alexander Fowler Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MPA-0304
This collection contains correspondence between Harry M. Daugherty and James A. Fowler in 1932, a typed excerpt from one of the letters, and a brief history of Fowler's relationship to Edward T. Sanford.

The Correspondence Series includes six typed letters exchanged between James A. Fowler and Harry M. Daugherty from January 6, 1932 through June 30, 1932, as well as one typed excerpt from the June 18, 1932 letter from Daugherty to Fowler. The blue binding of the letters is imprinted with the name Fowler, Long and Fowler. Two envelopes from Mr. Daugherty to Judge Fowler are also included.

The Statements Series includes a typed statement from James A. Fowler discussing Edward T. Sanford.

Dates

  • Circa 1932

Language

The material in this collection is in English

Conditions Governing Access

The Modern Political Archives are housed at the Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy. Researchers interested in consulting the MPA collections are advised to contact the Modern Political Archives .

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Modern Political Archives .

Extent

0.125 Linear Feet (1 Box)

Abstract

This collection contains correspondence between Harry M. Daugherty and James A. Fowler in 1932, a typed excerpt from one of the letters, and a brief history of Fowler's relationship to Edward T. Sanford.

Biographical/HIstorical note

James Alexander Fowler was born in Knox County, Tennessee, on February 22, 1863. He graduated from East Tennessee Wesleyan University before becoming an instructor there from 1884 through 1885. He then worked for a year as Principal of the Academy in Clinton before being admitted to the Bar of Tennessee in 1886. While Fowler had no formal legal education, he studied under prominent Tennessee lawyers and judges. On May 28, 1886, he married Lucy E. Hornsby. Fowler was on the Republican electoral ticket as well as being a delegate to the general conference in 1896 and was the Republican nominee for Governor of Tennessee in 1898.

A partnership developed between Fowler and Edward T. Sanford that led to the formation of Lucky, Sanford and Fowler legal practice in Knoxville. When Sanford was appointed as a United States District Court Judge at Knoxville in 1908, Fowler was appointed as the Assistant Attorney General in order to replace the position Sanford left vacant. Fowler was appointed Assistant to the Attorney General on May 15, 1911, by President William Howard Taft and remained in that office for two years. From 1913 through 1914, Fowler was the Special Assistant to the Attorney General of the United States, but then returned to private practice in Tennessee where he formed a legal practice with his son, Fowler and Fowler. In 1920, Fowler again agreed to federal service by becoming the Special Assistant Attorney General and divided his work between Washington, D.C. and Knoxville until his resignation six years later. From 1927 through 1929, Fowler was mayor of Knoxville. He ran on the Republican ticket for United States Senator in 1928. Fowler also served as a Trustee of Tennessee Wesleyan College and the University of Tennessee, the latter until 1953. He died in 1955.

Previous Citation

This collection was previously listed as MS.0274

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480