From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Bowles, Joseph William

(born: 1858  -  died: 1942) 

Joseph William Bowles, born in Mississippi, was named a Kentucky Colonel by Governor Bradley, the first African American to be named a Kentucky Colonel. Bowles was also described as a Republican leader. For more see "Death Roll" in The Negro Handbook 1944 compiled and edited by F. Murray.

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“Bowles, Joseph William,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed May 20, 2024,

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