The Birthplace of Samuel P. Cowley

The Birthplace of Samuel P. Cowley (tmp-de409)

Location: Franklin, ID 83237 Franklin County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 0.972', W 111° 48.252'

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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".
HM Numbertmp-de409
Placed ByFranklin Pioneer Association
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 at 9:43pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees42.01620000, -111.80420000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 0.972', W 111° 48.252'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 0' 58.32" N, 111° 48' 15.12" W
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Area Code(s)208
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 29-45 US-91, Franklin ID 83237, US
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