Edwin Merwyn Rowlands

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Edwin Merwyn Rowlands

Death: 1961 (59-60)
Immediate Family:

Son of David Rowlands and Emma Davies
Husband of Mary Allen Neal
Father of Virginia Cathryn Rowlands
Brother of Morris J. Rowlands

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About Edwin Merwyn Rowlands


Edwin Myrwyn Rowlands (April 1, 1901 – March 28, 1961) was a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly and the Wisconsin State Senate. He was born in Cambria, Wisconsin, the son of Emma (née Davies) and David Rowlands, of Welsh descent. He had an elder brother, Morris.


On September 10, 1924, in Arkansas, he wed Mary Ellen (née Neal), a painter. The couple had two children: a son, David, and a daughter, Virginia, who is best known as the Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated actress Gena Rowlands.

Political career

Rowlands served in the Assembly from 1927 to 1933 and in the Senate from 1935 to 1937. He was also Chairman of the Wisconsin Progressive Party.


Edwin Myrwyn Rowlands died in 1961 in Harris County, Texas, four days before his 60th birthday.

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June 19, 1930
Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, United States
Age 60