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Frank T. Bow

Frank Townsend Bow
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 16th district
In office
January 3, 1951 – November 13, 1972
Preceded by John McSweeney
Succeeded by Ralph S. Regula
Personal details
Born (1901-02-20)February 20, 1901
Canton, Ohio
Died November 13, 1972(1972-11-13) (aged 71)
Bethesda, Maryland
Resting place West Lawn Cemetery
Canton, Ohio
Political party Republican
Alma mater Ohio Northern University, Columbia Law School

Frank Townsend Bow (February 20, 1901 – November 13, 1972) was a noted Ohio jurist and politician who served as a Republican Congressman in the United States House of Representatives from January 3, 1951 until his death from heart failure in Bethesda, Maryland on November 13, 1972.

Born in Canton, Ohio, Bow attended college at Ohio Northern University, where he was a member of the Sigma Pi Fraternity, and law school at Columbia Law School. He was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1923 when he returned to Canton to practice law. The Frank T. Bow Federal Building and United States Courthouse in Canton, Ohio is named in his honor.

In 1929, Bow was appointed as assistant attorney general of the state. In 1932, he was hired by WHBC, a Canton area radio station. During World War II, he worked as the station's overseas correspondent, traveling to cover the war in the Philippines. During the Eightieth United States Congress, Bow was hired as part of the general counsel to the Expenditures Committee. Senator Andrew F. Schoeppel hired him as a legislative aide during the next Congress.

In 1950, Bow was elected to the House of Representatives. He was a close ally of Dwight D. Eisenhower and a staunch supporter of tax reform. In 1972, Bow announced his retirement from Congress and was set to become the next U.S. Ambassador to Panama after his congressional term ended having been confirmed September 8, but died of heart failure at Bethesda Naval Hospital on November 13, 1972 before he was sworn in.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ "Bow Named Ambassador to Panama". North Canton Sun. August 23, 1972. 
  2. ^ "Envoy Confirmed". Mansfield News-Journal. September 9, 1972. 
  3. ^ "Death claims solon". Xenia Daily Gazette. November 13, 1972. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John McSweeney
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio's 16th District
1951 - 1972
Succeeded by
Ralph S. Regula
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