Eva Bowring

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Eva Bowring
Eva Kelly Bowring.jpg
United States Senator
from Nebraska
In office
April 16, 1954 – November 7, 1954
Preceded byDwight Griswold
Succeeded byHazel Abel
Personal details
Born(1892-01-09)January 9, 1892
Nevada, Missouri, U.S.
DiedJanuary 8, 1985(1985-01-08) (aged 92)
Gordon, Nebraska, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Arthur Bowring

Eva Kelly Bowring (January 9, 1892 – January 8, 1985) was a U.S. Senator from Nebraska. Bowring was born in Nevada, Missouri. In 1928, she married Arthur Bowring. They made their home at the Bowring Ranch near Merriman in Cherry County, Nebraska.

Bowring was active in Republican politics in Nebraska. She was appointed to the United States Senate by Governor Robert B. Crosby to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Dwight Griswold, making her the first woman to represent Nebraska in the Senate. She served from April 16, 1954, to November 7, 1954. Incidentally, the fifteenth Senate term for Nebraska's Class 2 seat, which lasted from January 3, 1949 to January 3, 1955, was unusual in that it saw six Senators serve. Bowring was the fourth of these.

After her service in the Senate, Bowring continued ranching near Merriman. She served part-time on the Board of Parole of the Department of Justice from 1956 to 1964. She died in 1985, only one day before her 93rd birthday. After her death, Bowring Ranch was donated to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, becoming Bowring Ranch State Historical Park.

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  • United States Congress. "Eva Bowring (id: B000709)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Dwight Griswold
United States Senator (Class 2) from Nebraska
Served alongside: Hugh Butler, Samuel Reynolds
Succeeded by
Hazel Abel