Robert Lowry, a native of South Carolina, was born in Chester-held District on March 10, 1830. His parents removed first to Tennessee and then to Tishomingo County, Mississippi, where they settled in 1840. For a time engaged in the mercantile business, he later studied law and was practicing his profession in 1861. He enlisted as a private in the Rankin Grays, and was soon elected major of the 6th Mississippi Infantry. After being twice wounded at Shiloh, he was promoted colonel, and served in the Vicksburg campaign with the forces of General Joseph E. Johnston. He led his regiment in the Atlanta and Tennessee campaigns, and succeeded to brigade command after the death of General John Adams at Franklin; he was appointed brigadier general to rank from February 4, 1865. The following month he joined Johnston in South Carolina, and after participating in the battle of Bentonville, was paroled at Greensboro, North Carolina, in May. A state senator in 1865-66, General Lowry was defeated for the office of attorney general of Mississippi in 1869, but after taking an active part in the overthrow of the carpet bag regime, was elected governor as a compromise candidate in 1881, and was re-elected without opposition four years later. In 1898 he was defeated for a seat in the United States Senate to succeed General Walthall. For seven years before his death, which occurred at Jackson, January 19, 1910, he was state commander of the United Confederate Veterans. Some years before he had been coauthor of a history of Mississippi. He is buried in Brandon, Mississippi.
Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner. Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.