By Wm H Newman; M J Clements; G W Cambron, 1886

Among the distinguished men who have been born upon Union County soil is James H. Bowden, who is one of the Judges of the Superior County. He is the son of John and Love A. (Farquier) Bowden.  He was born March 15, 1833, and has reached his present position without much educational advantage. His common school education consisted in about four years' training altogether. The teachers he remembers are Myrom W. Safford, of Morganfield; John C. Duke, of Washington County; and Joseph Pillsbury, at Bowling Green. He began reading for the bar quite young, and was admitted to practice in October, 1855.

He married Nannie Morton at Russellville, Ky., on March 14, 1857. She is the daughter of Marmaduke B. and Elizabeth (Caldwell) Morton. He has six children: Kate, married Henry M. Caldwell, of Russellville, and is the mother of one child. The children at home are Marmaduke, Fannie Morton, Lizzie Farquier, Mary Lova, and Henry William. Our subject has held the office of Commissioner of Common Schools. He was also Representative in 1875-6, after which he was elected to the Superior Judgeship. He has traveled extensively in the United States, Canada and Europe. He has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South since 1852. He is also a member of Russellville Lodge and Chapter of F.A.M. Judge Bowden is a man who has advanced to responsible and trying positions from humble beginnings, and who enjoys the esteem and confidence of the people in his region of country to an unuaual degree. His popularity, in Union County especially, has always been great, and he cannot be easily ousted from the place he occupies in the affections of the people.