Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Franklin in Franklin County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

The Birthplace of Samuel P. Cowley

 
 
The Birthplace of Samuel P. Cowley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 21, 2017
1. The Birthplace of Samuel P. Cowley Marker
Captions: (middle left) Birthplace of Samuel P. Cowley. After suffering damage from an earthquake, the house was razed in 1962.; (upper right) Legendary lawman Samuel P. Cowley.
Inscription. Samuel Cowley was born in Franklin, Idaho on July 23, 1899 to parents Matthais F. Cowley and Luella Parkinson. He was the fifth son in the family of nine sons and six daughters. The Cowleys lived here until Sam was six years old and the family relocated to Preston.
Sam attended George Washington Law School and then spent five years with the FBI. He advanced quickly within the ranks and was soon promoted to inspector.
Cowley's reputation brought him to the attention of J Edgar Hoover who selected him to hunt down the notorious mobster, John Dillinger. Cowley tracked him down and Dillinger was killed by FBI agents as he was exiting a theatre in Chicago. Director Hoover then assigned Cowley to bring in Public Enemy #1, "Baby Face Nelson". It took Sam six months to corner Nelson. On November 27, 1934 along a country road in Barrington, Illinois, a shootout ended in the death of Baby Face Nelson. Unfortunately, Sam Cowley and another FBI agent were also killed in the gunfight. Sam Cowley always got his man - even at the cost of his own life. J Edgar Hoover said many times that Sam Cowley was "the Bravest Man He Ever Knew".
 
Erected by Franklin Pioneer Association.
 
Location. 42° 0.972′ N, 111° 48.252′ 
The Birthplace of Samuel P. Cowley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 21, 2017
2. The Birthplace of Samuel P. Cowley Marker
W. Marker is in Franklin, Idaho, in Franklin County. Marker is on South State Street (U.S. 91) near Main Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 45 South State Street, Franklin ID 83237, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Franklin's Pioneer School House 1860 (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Fort of Franklin (about 700 feet away); Idaho's Oldest Town (approx. 0.2 miles away); Franklin Relic Hall - 1937 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Franklin Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away); ZCMI Co-op Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); FCMI Store 1858 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hatch House (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franklin.
 
Also see . . .  Hall of Honor -- FBI. A wide search for (Lester Gillis, aka "Baby Face" Nelson) was underway when word was received in the FBI's Chicago office that he and his associates were spotted driving in Wisconsin. When two agents located Gillis, his wife Helen, and his companion John Paul Chase in a car near Barrington, Illinois, a gun battle ensued. (Submitted on July 15, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Notable Events
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 15, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 15, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 15, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
Paid Advertisement