HERBERT L. THOWLESS
Herbert L. Thowless, attorney at law, of Newark, N. J., who has so long acted as the special New Jersey correspondent of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING, has been appointed one of the two school commissioners for the Eleventh (his own) ward in that city. He was nominated by Mr. George Varley, a prominent builder and the remaining commissioner of that ward, In pro- posing Mr. Thowless, Commissioner Varlcy said that, with his former colleague, he had made a thorough canvass of the generous quantity of available material for the office in the ward and could find none who, in his judgment, would prove a more worthy successor to the new’ sheriff than the one he had named. The nomination was seconded by Commissioners Monteith of the Eighth ward, and Schoen, of the Fourteenth ward, both lawyers of high standing. Mr. Thowless, who was elected by acclamation, and holds office for two years, in taking his seat, expressed the hope that he might he credited with trying to represent the ward as well as his immediate predecessor had. Mr. Thowless is one of Newark s foremost young citizens, and is conspicuous for his public spirit and progressiveness, llis politics he keeps completely in the background as very properly he sees no place for them in municipal offices, and prefers to deal with all matters per taming to the board front ‘the’ standpoint of what is best for . the cause of education itt the city. Newark is !to he congratulated on the ac cession of a mail of such ability and a reputation so high to thfc ranks of her municipal officers, and we feel that, in the election Of Commissioner Thowless to an office of such responsibility and one to which node hut men of integrity, intelligence and practiqal knowledge of the educational needs of the rising generation should he chosen, the choice will he amply justified. FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING adds its congratulations to those which the new commissioner has already so deservedly received.
The subject of this sketch, Herbert L. Thowless, was born in Bridgeport, Conn., and has resided in the Eleventh ward of Newark, N, J . since the fall of 1878. He attended a private school for four Vears, and graduated front the South Eighth street public grammar school and commercial department of the Newark public high school, with high honors. After leaving school, he traveled in England, Wales and France, and subsequently in the United States. He studied law in the offices of Cortiandt and Wayne Parker, the leading law firm of New Jersey. Mr. Thowless was admitted to practice in February, 1899, as attorney-at-law and solicitor in Chancery and later as a master in Chancery, and was also admitted to practice-before the United States Patent Office, Bureau of Pensions, Interior Departnu-rit and Treasury Department at Washington, He is an enthusiastic admirer of everything pertaining to the fire service, and was mentioned as candidate for fire commissioner of Newark. He was recently elected school commissioner, representing the Eleventh ward in the Newark hoard of education. He has also been a member of the New Jersey Historical Society since May, 1805; a member of Lincoln Republican club since November. 1805; a member of Roseville Athletic association since November, 1802: and secretary of the Alumni of the Newark public high school since its formation in July, 1800 and will be admitted to membership in the Newark board of trade at the December meeting, Mr. Thowless has been correspondent of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING for some twelve years; correspondent of hire and Water, London. England. for eight years or more; correspondent of the Newark Advertiser; editor of two volume History of Newark. N. J. He is, besides, a wellknown writer and lecturer on municipal topics, including fire and police protection, and education. He has large collection of books on all municipal subjects, and is now official roads correspondent for Essex County. N. J., for the United States Department of Agriculture,