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© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

James Bowie: Selected full-text books and articles

The Alamo By John Myers Myers University of Nebraska Press, 1973
FREE! Remember the Alamo By Amelia E. Barr Dodd, Mead, 1888
The San Saba Mission: Spanish Pivot in Texas By 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 By 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 By 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 By 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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