Biography of William M. Lowman
Adams County, NE Biographies





William M. Lowman, a prominent real estate dealer and capitalist of Hastings, is now giving his attention to his private business affairs, although for a considerable period he figured prominently in financial circles as the president of the Bank of Commerce. A native of Illinois, he was born in Toulon in 1856, and was there reared and educated. In 1878 he arrived in Hastings and with his father, Davis Lowman, engaged in the real estate business under the firm style of D. Lowman & Son, opening their office on the 1st of January, 1879. The relation between them was maintained until January 1, 1886, when William M. Lowman succeeded to the business of the firm and has since been widely known as one of the most prominent real estate dealers of this part of Nebraska. He has negotiated many important realty transfers, is thoroughly conversant with property values and has utilized his opportunity for judicious investment, adding to his holdings from time to time until he now has important and extensive interests of that character. He also extended his activities into other fields, becoming a well known figure in banking circles as the president of the Bank of Commerce. He remained at the head of the institution for an extended period, wisely and capably directing its activities and shaping its policy and making it one of the foremost financial concerns of this part of the state. He continued as president until 1915, when he resigned, and has since concentrated his efforts upon his individual interests.

In 1881 Mr. Lowman was married to Miss Florence M. Garrett, of Sterling, Illinois, and to them have been born two children: Mrs. Vera G. McCleery and William M. Thirty eight years have come and gone since Mr. Lowman arrived in Hastings, which was then a small town giving little promise of future greatness. With its development he has been closely associated and as the years have passed on his work has been directly beneficial to the community. He can tell the story of the changes in Adams county, not as a matter of hearsay but as a matter of actual experience, and he has a wide acquaintance which includes all of the pioneer settlers as well as the majority of the more prominent later arrivals.

From:
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago, 1916


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