Fowler, John Hopkins (1796–1873)

By: Cecil Harper, Jr.

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: October 9, 2019

John H. Fowler, early settler, soldier, and legislator, the son of Godfrey and Clara (Wright) Fowler, Jr., was born on December 23, 1796, in Tennessee. The name of his first wife is not known, but his second wife was Mrs. Elizabeth Alexander, whom he married in Hempstead County, Arkansas, on September 26, 1837. Fowler moved to the Red River area in 1817 and settled on the north side of the river. By 1819 he had moved into what is now Red River County near Pecan Point. During the Texas Revolution he served with Col. Robert M. Coleman's First Regiment, Texas Rangers. He represented Red River County in the House of the Third Congress (1838–39). As a wealthy landowner, he was one of a group of prominent men involved in founding the College of DeKalb. He was a frequent contributor to area newspapers. During the secession crisis he was a staunch Unionist. He died in Paris, Texas, on October 12, 1873.

Mrs. James J. Arthur, ed., Annals of the Fowler Family (Austin, 1901). Sam Houston Dixon and Louis Wiltz Kemp, The Heroes of San Jacinto (Houston: Anson Jones, 1932). Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832–1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941).

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Cecil Harper, Jr., “Fowler, John Hopkins,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 20, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

October 9, 2019