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Frank Cowan


Pennsylania lawyer, journalist, and traveler

[Source: Oscar Fay Adams, A Dictionary of American Authors 77 (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1899)]

Frank Cowan, a lawyer and journalist, was also a physician. He served as personal secretary to President Andrew Johnson, a position in which he managed land patents. Cowan was admitted to practice (law) in 1865 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Cowan opened his own law office in Washington, D.C., and it was then that he began started to study medicine at Georgetown Medical College, where he graduated in 1869. He returned to Greensburg, Pennsylvania where he practiced both law and medicine. These occupations being insufficient in some way, he started a newspaper, Frank Cowan's Paper, a paper he published and edited for three years. Cowan's travels took him to Hawaii, Australia, Brazil, India, Korea, and New Zealand. [Source: Wikipedia] [See also: Thomas William Herringshaw (ed.), Herringshaw's National Library of American Biography 126 (Chicago: American Publishers' Assoc., 1909)(vol. 2)] [online text]

Frank Cowan


Frank Cowan, Southwestern Pennsylvania in Song and Story . . . With an Appendix: The Battle Ballads and Other Poems of Southwestern Pennsylvania (Greensburg, Pennsylvania: Privately printed, 1878) [online text]

__________, The City of the Royal Palm, and Other Poems (Rio de Janeiro: Printed by A.J. Lamoureux & Co., 1884)

__________, A Visit in Verse to Halemaumau (Honolulu: P.C. Advertiser Steam Print, 1885) [online text]

___________, Fact and Fancy in New Zealand: The Terraces of Rotomahana, a Poem (Auckland, New Zealand: H. Brett, 1885)

___________, Australia: A Charcoal Sketch (Greensburg, Pennsylvania: Press Printing House, 1886)

__________, The Meaning of the Monument: A Poem (Pittsburgh: Wm. G. Johnston & Co., Printers and Stationers, 1887)

__________, At Gettysburg: A Poem (Greenesburg [Pennsylvania]: Vogle & Winsheimer, Printers, 1887)("Read at the camp-fire of the Grand Army of the Republic in Fifth Avenue Music Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 4th, 1887.")

__________, Faustina: A Fantasia of Autumn in the Heart of Appalachia
(Greenesburgh, Pennsylvania: The Oliver Pub. House, 1888)

__________, The Poetic Works of Frank Cowan (Greenesburgh, Pennsylvania: Oliver Publishing House, 1892)

__________, The Taj Mahal: A Poem (Greenesburg, Pennsylvania: Oliver Publishing House, 1894)


Frank Cowan, Curious Facts in the History of Insects; including spiders and scorpions. A complete collection of the legends, superstitions, beliefs, and ominous signs connected with insects; together with their uses in medicine, art, and as food; and a summary of their remarkable injuries and appearances (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co, 1865) [online text]

___________, The Physique of the United States at the Close of the War (1865)

___________, The Three-Fold Love: A Comedy in Five Acts (1866)

___________, Zomara, a Romance of Spain (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: [Stevenson & Foster, Printers], 1878) [online text]

___________, An American Story Book. Short Stories from Studies of Life in Southwestern Pennsylvania, pathetic, tragic, humorous, and grotesque (Greensburg, Pennsylvania: Stevenson and Foster, 1881)

___________, What I Saw in India, While on the Wallaby Around the World: Two Lectures with Notes and Illustrations, and a Poem, Entitled, The Taj (Greensburg: The Oliver Publishing House, 1888)

___________, Principles and Practice of Medicine in Corea (Greensburg, Pennsylvania: Oliver Publishing House, 1888)

___________, A Dictionary of the Proverbs and Proverbial Phrases of the English Language, relating to the sea and such associated subjects as fish, fishing ... With notes, explanatory, historic, and etymologic (Greensburg: The Oliver Publishing House, 1894)

__________, Revi-Lona: A Romance of Love in a Marvellous Land (Greensburg, Pennsylvania: Tribune Press, 1890-1899?)(New York: Arno Press, 1978)(Boise, Idaho: Kessinger Publishing Co., 2003)

___________, English Words in South Sea Languages: Hawaiian, Maori, Tahitian, and Australian. With an essay on their significance (Greensburgh, Pennsylvania: The Oliver Publishing House, 1894)

___________, Andrew Johnson, President of the United States: Reminiscences of His Private Life and Character (Greenesburgh, Pennsylvania: Oliver Publishing House, 1894)

__________, A Dictionary of the Proverbs and Proverbial Phrases of the English Language (Greenesburg, Pennsylvania: The Oliver Publishing
House, 1894)

___________, David Alter, the Discoverer of Spectrum Analysis: A Sketch of His Life and Labors (Greenesburg, Pennsylvania: Oliver Publishing House, 3rd ed., 1894)

___________, Jane Jansen: A Story of a Woman's Heritage in the Heart of Appalachia (Greensburg, Pennsylvania: The Oliver Publishing House, 1895)

___________, The Wake of Moichael Cassidy: In the Big Shanty, Mount Odin Park, on Froiday Ayvnin, 26th April, 1901 (1901)