James Bowie

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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).

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Bowie, Jim ( James) (1796–1836) US frontiersman. He moved to Texas from Louisiana in 1828, and married the daughter of the Mexican vice-governor. By 1832 he had joined the US colonists who opposed the Mexican government. He was appointed a colonel in the Texas Army (1835), and was killed at the Alamo (1836).