Kenneth Russell Bowling

Affiliated Faculty



Office Phone: (202) 676-6777

Kenneth Russell Bowling is a historian of the United States who serves as co-editor of the First Federal Congress Project, a chartered University Research Center affiliated with the History Department that publishes the acclaimed Documentary History of the First Federal Congress, 1789-1791 and conducts research on the most important and productive Congress in U.S. history. In addition to teaching on GW's Mount Vernon campus, he has lectured at Dumbarton House, Independence National Historical Park, the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, the Taft Institute for Two-Party Government, the Historical Society of Washington, and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations in Russia. Between 1993 and 2001 he was director of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society Annual Conferences on Congress, and since 1995 he has served on the editorial board of Washington History. He has also served as consultant to the National Archives, the National Geographic Society, the United States Commission on the Bicentennial of the Constitution, the Virginia Bicentennial Constitution, Dumbarton House, and Gunston Hall. 

Complete C.V.

"Philadelphia On the Arrival of the Federal Government and the Republican Court, 1790-1791." In Neither Separate nor Equal: Congress in the 1790s, co-edited with Donald R. Kennon. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2000.

Guest Editor, Washington History (Special Issue: "Coming into the City: Essays on Early Washington") 12, no. 1 (Spring/Summer 2000).

"Overshadowed by States' Rights Ratification of the Federal Bill of Rights." In The Bill of Rights: Government Proscribed, ed. Ronald Hoffman and Peter J. Albert, 77-102. Charlottesville, VA: 1998.

"A 'Tub to the Whale': The Founding Fathers and the Adoption of the Federal Bill of Rights." Journal of the Early Republic 8 (1988): 223-51. Reprinted in The Congress of the United States, 1789-1989, ed. Joel H. Sibley, et. al. New York: Carlson, 1991.

The Creation of Washington, D.C. The Idea and Location of the American Capital. Fairfax: George Mason University Press, 1991.

"New York City: Capital of the United States, 1785-1790." In World of the Founders: New York Communities in the Federal Period, ed. Stephen L. Schechter and Wendell Tripp. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 1990.

The Politics of the First Congress, 1789-1791. New York, Garland, 1990.

Creating the Federal City, 1774-1800: Potomac Fever. Washington, DC: American institute of Architects, 1988.

"'Neither a Indian Wigwam nor the Wilderness': Competitors for the Federal Capital. 1787-1790." Prologue: The Journal of the National Archives 20 (1988): 163-79.

"GoodBy 'Charle' The Lee-Adams Interest and the Political Demise of Charles Thomson. Secretary of Congress. 1774-1789," Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 100 (1976). 314-35.

"Dinner at Jefferson's A Note on Jacob F. Cooke's The Compromise of 1790." William and Mary Quarterly. 3rd series, 28 (1971): 629-40. Reprinted in The Congress of the United States, 1789-1989, ed. Joel H. Sibley, et. al. New York: Carlson, 1991.

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1968

M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1964