Lloyd Wheaton Bowers (1859-1910), lawyer, was born at Springfield, Massachusetts. He graduated as valedictorian of his class at Yale in 1879. Bowers received his law degree from Columbia Law School. He practices law in New York until 1884 when he moved to Winona, Minnesota. Here he practiced until 1893. He then became general counsel of the Chicago & North Western Railway Company until 1909, when he was appointed by President Taft as Solicitor General of the United States. He remained in that position for only one year due to this death in 1910. He had many successes in winning cases for the government during his brief tenure as Solicitor General.
Bowers' correspondence, of a semi-official nature, encompasses the year 1909-1910. The bulk of the correspondence deals with letters written to Bowers with only some of his replies contained within. These papers were found among the William J. Hughes Jr. Papers and, due to Bowers' position as Solicitor General, they warranted a separate collection.
The bulk of Bowers' correspondence deals with inquiries pertaining to government positions and appointments, especially relating to the federal judgeship for the Chicago district. Some of the cases discussed in the correspondence are: Barber & Moon Lumber Company Case; New York Harbor Pollution Case; and the Montana lands, Bureau of Insular Affairs, War Department.