Sumner S. Bowman, attorney-at-law, was born in Millersburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, 9 February 1867, son of Simon S. Bowman and Annie P. [Jackson] Bowman. His parents had seven children: Sumner S. Bowman; Edmond B. Bowman, at home; Irene Bowman, wife of James S. Hopkinson, Philadelphia; Nellie Bowman, wife of Hay W. Bowman, Millersburg; Hannah Bowman, at home; James Donald Bowman, at home; and Robert Herr Bowman, at home.
Sumner S. Bowman attended the public schools and was graduated from the high school of Millersburg at the age of sixteen. He entered the Dickinson Seminary at Williamsport, Pennsylvania, from which he was graduated in June 1886. In the fall of the year 1888 he entered the University of Pennsylvania and took up the study of law, at the same time studying under private instructors in the office of Biddle and Ward, Philadelphia. Mr. Bowman was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1891. In the following autumn he was admitted to the Philadelphia bar, and in the next spring to the bar of the Supreme Court at Philadelphia. In the fall of 1892, Mr. Bowman went to Watertown, New York, and was admitted to the bar there. He became associated with Judge Edgar O. Emerson and remained there for three years. In the fall of 1894 he came to Williamstown and opened a law office and has ever since resided and practiced here.
While a student at the university, Mr. Bowman took an active interest in college athletics. He became a member of the University baseball team, in which he became the star pitcher, winning for himself a reputation in that capacity second to none in the country. He is recognized as one of the two best pitchers connected with college teams.
Mr. Bowman is a Republican. He was elected Treasurer of the Borough of Williamstown in 1896.
The above information was modified/edited from Commemorative Biographical Encyclopedia of Dauphin County, published in 1896 by J. M. Runk and Company of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. A free download is available from the Internet Archive.
Wikipedia: Sumner Bowman was a professional baseball player who played for three major league teams in the early 1890s – the Philadelphia Phillies and the Pittsburgh Alleghenies of the National League, and the Philadelphia Athletics of the American Association.