Biography of Joseph J. Rowe
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

HON. JOSEPH JOHN ROWE is a native son of Cleveland, has spent thirty years in the business program, being president of two successful companies, is a resident of Lakewood, and is in his second term of service as a member of the Ohio State Senate.

His parents were William J. and Mary (Symons) Rowe, natives of England, where they were married. Coming to the United States, they located at Cleveland during the early '70s. William J. Rowe took up railroading, and for many years, until he retired on pension, was with the Lake Shore and the New York Central Railway. After retiring he spent a number of winters in California, and died at Los Angeles in 1921, at the age of seventy three. His wife died in 1913.

Joseph John Rowe was born at Cleveland October 3, 1873, and his education was acquired in the city grammar and high schools. Leaving school he took up business, and for several years he proved his faithfulness in the discharge of minor duties as a preparation for an independent career. Later he organized the T. T. Rowe Company, wholesale dealers in coal and builders' materials. This firm has its offices in the Hanna Building.

Mr. Rowe's home has been in Lakewood for a quarter of a century. Throughout that time he has been prominent in the affairs of the community. Before Lakewood became a city he served three years as president of the Village Board of Trustees. He was the first mayor of Lakewood under the city charter, and after serving a full term was reelected without opposition. He was elected on the republican ticket a member of the State Senate in 1920, and reelected in 1922. He has been one of the most influential members of the Cuyahoga County delegation in the Senate. At the regular Eighty fourth Session of the General Assembly in 1921 he was chairman of the important senate committee on public works, as well as a member of other committees. In the Eighty fifth Assembly of 1923 he was chairman of the committee on roads and highways. At both sessions he took a prominent part in all legislation pertaining to taxation, and introduced several important bills that were enacted in the laws.

Mr. Rowe is a member of Newburg Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and is a thirty second degree Scottish Rite Mason and Shriner.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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