James Bowie

James Bowie (bōō´ē, bō´ē), c.1796–1836, American frontiersman, b. Logan co., Ky. With his brother, Rezin, he engaged in land speculation in Louisiana and Arkansas. In Texas from 1828, Bowie became a leader of American settlers who opposed the Mexican government and joined in the Nacogdoches disturbances of 1832. When the Texas revolution began in 1835, he was appointed colonel; he died at the Alamo. The legend attributing the bowie knife to his invention is disputed.

See C. L. Douglas, James Bowie (1944); R. W. Thorp, Bowie Knife (1948); W. C. Davis, Three Roads to the Alamo (1998).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Rendezvous at the Alamo: Highlights in the Lives of Bowie, Crockett, and Travis
Virgil E. Baugh.
University of Nebraska Press, 1985
The Alamo
John Myers Myers.
University of Nebraska Press, 1973
FREE! Remember the Alamo
Amelia E. Barr.
Dodd, Mead, 1888
FREE! Texas and the Mexican War: A Chronicle of the Winning of the Southwest
Nathaniel W. Stephenson.
Yale Unviersity Press, 1921
War and American Popular Culture: A Historical Encyclopedia
M. Paul Holsinger.
Greenwood Press, 1999
The San Saba Mission: Spanish Pivot in Texas
Robert S. Weddle; Mary Nabers Prewit.
Texas A&M University Press, 1999
A Treasury of Southern Folklore: Stories, Ballads, Traditions, and Folkways of the People of the South
B. A. Botkin.
Crown, 1949
Librarian’s tip: "The Bowie Knife" begins on pg. 334
The Alamo and the Texas War of Independence, September 30, 1835 to April 21, 1836: Heroes, Myths, and History
Albert A. Nofi.
Da Capo Press, 1994
Librarian’s tip: "Jim Bowie" begins on pg. 39
Coronado's Children: Tales of Lost Mines and Buried Treasures of the Southwest
J. Frank Dobie; Ben Carlton Mead.
Literary Guild of America, 1931
Librarian’s tip: "Bowie's Secret" begins on pg. 9
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