WILLIAM L. COWDREY.
  
WILLIAM L. COWDREY.
William L. Cowdrey is superintendent of the Union Pacific Railway coal mining department at Hanna and thus has important interests under his direction and control. He dates his residence in Wyoming from 1907. A native of New York, he was born in New Rochelle, December 19, 1877, a son of William Lathrop and Hannah Maria (Rumsey) Cowdrey, both of whom were natives of New York city. The father came of Huguenot ancestry and the family was founded in America in 1630, the progenitors of the American branch settling at Salem, Massachusetts, where representatives of the family in successive generations have since been found. One branch of the family, however, removed to New Rochelle, New York. The paternal grandfather, Hon. Peter Anderson Cowdrey, was a distinguished attorney of New York city and was called upon to make the presentation speech at the time of Lafayette's departure following his memorable visit to America. The corporation of the city of New York had prepared a magnificent volume bound in the handsomest style and placed in a padded mahogany box. Each page of the volume was ornamented with vignettes,—views of the New York city hall, the capitol at Washington, portraits of Washington, Lafayette and Hamilton and notable scenes in the United States. Peter Anderson Cowdrey, then but twenty-two years old, as the corporation counsel of New York city at that time, was delegated by the city of New York to visit Washington city and place in Lafayette's hand the volume mentioned. He and his son. William Lathrop Cowdrey, were both graduates of Columbia University, in which they completed the law course. The Cowdrey family was represented in the Revolutionary war, as was the Rumsey family. The Rumseys came from England, and while the family was represented in New England through various generations and participated in the Revolutionary war, the parents of Mrs. Hannah M. (Rumsey)• Cowdrey removed to Bridgeport, Connecticut. and afterward to New Rochelle, New York. Both the father and mother of William L. Cowdrey of this review were reared and educated in the Empire state and for many years were honored and distinguished residents of New Rochelle. The father engaged in the practice of law in New York city. He died July 31, 1884, while his widow survived until 1885. They were the parents of six children, of whom William L. was the fifth in order of birth. He has one brother and a sister yet living: Thomas Osborn, a member of tilt Armstrong-Cook Company of PittSburgh, Pennsylvania; and Mrs. Margaret White, of New York city.
In his boyhood days William L. Cowdrey attended school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, living with an uncle. He became a student in Shady Side Academy and afterward entered the Phillips Andover Academy of Massachusetts. At a later period he became a student in the Sheffield Scientific School of Yale University, from which he was graduated in 1900. He entered upon his business career as a machinist apprentice in the shops of Henry Mitchell in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he remained for two years, when he became connected with the National Biscuit Company as construction engineer, spending four years with that corporation. He afterward became superintendent of construction and engineer for the Pennsylvania Chocolate Company of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with which he was associated for two years, and later he spent one year with the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company as a student apprentice. His training has thus been very comprehensive and thorough. He afterward came to the Union Pacific Coal Company as foreman of construction at Superior, Wyoming, and from that position has risen to his present place as superintendent of the coal mining department at Hanna.
On the 8th of June, 1912, Mr. Cowdrey was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Katherine Roberts, of Salt Lake City, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Roberts, and they have become the parents of two children: William Lathrop, who was born in Pocatello, Idaho, May 28, 1913; and Margaret Rumsey, born in Superior, Wyoming, February 2, 1915. The parents are members of the Shady Side Presbyterian church of Pittsburgh.
Mr. Cowdrey is identified with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks at Rock Springs and is a Master Mason, loyally following the teachings of the craft. In politics he maintains an independent course but is not remiss in the duties of citizenship, cooperating heartily in all well defined plans and measures for the general good. He is identified with the Sons of the American Revolution, being entitled to membership in that organization through both his paternal and maternal ancestry. He is a man of high and honorable purpose, of marked business capacity and of sterling worth, standing as a splendid example of American manhood and chivalry.