Republican League Register of Oregon, The Register Publishing Company, 1896, page 216.
GOWAN, HON. A. W., of Burns, was born in Allegheny County, New York, in 1846, and was reared in Crawford County, Pennsylvania. At the age of seventeen he enlisted in the Twelfth Pennsylvania Emergency Militia, and subsequently served three years in Light Battery M, First United States Artillery, being discharged in 1868. In 1870 he went to Kansas and helped organize Osborne County, holding various positions, including a seat in the legislature in 1880. He settled in Joseph, Oregon, in 1882, in practice of law, and in 1890 went to Burns as Clerk of the United States Land Office. In 1892 he was elected Joint Representative of Grant and Harney Counties, and in 1894 Joint Senator from Morrow, and state conventions since 1892, and the league meetings, and in 1892-4 was a member of the district and state committees. He organized Troop A., O. N. G., in 1893, and its captain.