Biography of Andrew J. Cowen
Rensselaer County, NY Biographies





Cowan, Andrew J., was born in the town of Oshkosh, Wis., in 1858; he is the son of James and Jean Cowan. James Cowan was born in Catrine, Ayrshire, Scotland; his wife was also born in Scotland; she was the daughter of Adam and Margaret Bell, mentioned in this work. James Cowan came to New York with his father and mother in 1851, and shortly after came to Bath-on-the-Hudson; he was married there and afterwards went to Wisconsin and resided about two years, where Andrew was born, and then returned to Bath-on-the-Hudson and has lived there ever since. James Cowan worked for the firm of Clemenshire & Bruice; this firm did the first carpenter work on the new capitol. A. J. Cowan was reared and educated in Bath and at Folsom's Business College at Albany. He learned his trade with John Osborn as roofer and sheet iron worker, beginning at the age of fourteen years, and was in New York city with William Orr, plumber, for about a year. At this time he attended the Plumbing Trade School in that city; he then came back to the old firm in Albany, and in 1887 hought out Delbert Wager's tin shop in Bath-on-theHudson and occupied the building for one year; he then bought the building he now owns and occupies, corner of First street and Tracy avenue. He is a plumber, tin and slate roofer, sheet iron worker and dealer in hardware, stoves, house furnishing goods and drain tile. He was married May 10, 1886, to Helen Miller of Bath-on-the-Hudson, by whom be has three children: James, Sarah and Andrew. Mr. Cowan is a member of the K. of P. of Bath; also a deacon of Bath Baptist church, and has been a trustee of the village.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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