Fowler was born near Melksham, Wiltshire on 28 July 1828, and died at Tunbridge Wells some time in September 1905. He was educated at University College, London, where he took a BA in classics and mathematics (1848). He went on to study law (LLB 1850), and was called to the bar in 1852. From (1856–77 he was a partner in the firm of solicitors Alexander & Co. of Lombard Street, London. Thereafter he went into business and served as a director of several companies. He was a member of the Cobden Club, and served as Liberal MP for Cambridge from (1868–74 and again from (1880–85.
From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.