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William Bismarck Bowling (September 24, 1870 – December 27, 1946) was a U.S. Representative from Alabama.

Born in Calhoun County, Alabama, Bowling attended the common schools, and graduated from the State normal school, Jacksonville, Alabama, in 1892. He taught in the public schools of Montgomery, Alabama from 1893 to 1895 and of Columbus, Georgia from 1896 to 1899. He then moved to Lafayette, Alabama, where he studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1900 and commenced practice in Lafayette. He served as solicitor of the fifth judicial circuit of Alabama 1905-1920, and as member of the board of trustees of Alabama Polytechnic Institute at Auburn.

Bowling was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of J. Thomas Heflin. He was reelected to the Sixty-seventh and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from December 14, 1920, until his resignation effective August 16, 1928, having been appointed judge for the fifth judicial circuit of Alabama, in which capacity he served until his death. He died in Lafayette, Alabama, on December 27, 1946. He was interred in Lafayette Cemetery.


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