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Daniel Gowland

Daniel Gowland

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Daniel Gowland (1798–1883) was a British merchant, member of the board of directors of the Argentine Western Railway.


Daniel was born in Camberwell (London), son of Thomas Gowland and Sarah Philips. He had arrived at the port of Buenos Aires with his parents and brothers in 1812. In 1826, Gowland was married in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist to María del Rosario Rubio de Velasco, daughter of a traditional family. Established in Buenos Aires, he had founded the family business Gowland & Co. A large exporting and importing company, integrated among other by his brother Thomas Gowland Phillips.

Daniel Gowland was closely associated with the first railroad constructions in Argentina, being vice-president of Argentine Great Western Railway. In 1853 he was appointed president of the Commission of British Merchants in Buenos Aires, and served as Director of the Bank of the Province of Buenos Aires.

His granddaughter, Sara Gowland Freyer, was married to Juan Alberto Lacroze Cernadas, relative of Federico Lacroze, owner of Buenos Aires Central Railway.

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