George W. Owen

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George Washington Owen
10th Mayor of Mobile
In office
Preceded byJohn Everett
Succeeded byGeorge Walton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1823 – March 3, 1829
Preceded byNew district
Succeeded byDixon Hall Lewis
Personal details
George Washington Owen

October 20, 1796
Brunswick County, Virginia, U.S.
DiedAugust 18, 1837 (aged 40)
Political partyDemocratic-Republican (1823–1825)
Jacksonian (1825–1829)
EducationUniversity of Nashville (LLB)

George Washington Owen (October 20, 1796 – August 18, 1837) was an American attorney and politician who served as a member of the United States House of Representatives for Alabama's 3rd congressional district and the 10th mayor of Mobile.

Early life and education[edit]

Owen was born in Brunswick County, Virginia, in 1796, but moved to Tennessee at a young age. He graduated from the University of Nashville, where he studied law.


Owen was admitted to the bar in 1816 and moved to Alabama to practice law. He also served in the Alabama House of Representatives. Owen unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 1821 and successfully in 1823 when he became the first representative of Alabama's 3rd congressional district. He served in that position until 1829, when he was succeeded by Dixon Hall Lewis, who later became a member of the United States Senate. Owen was elected mayor of Mobile, Alabama, in 1836, a position in which he served until his death the following year.

Personal life[edit]

In 1823, he married Louise Sarah Hollinger, the daughter of Adam Hollinger (for whom Hollinger's Island is named), who was the great-granddaughter of Mobile co-founder Charles Rochon.


  • United States Congress. "George W. Owen (id: O000150)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Representative of Alabama's 3rd Congressional District
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
John Everett
10th Mayor of Mobile
1836 – August 18, 1837
Succeeded by
George Walton