Jim Bowie character jug produced by Bairstow Manor Pottery of Hanley, England, circa 1990. James Bowie (1796-1836) was a 19th-century American pioneer, slave smuggler and trader, and soldier who played a prominent role in the Texas Revolution. He was among the Americans who died at the Battle of the Alamo. Stories of him as a fighter and frontiersman, both real and fictitious, have made him a legendary figure in Texas history and a folk hero of American culture. Bowie died on March 6, 1836, with the other Alamo defenders. Despite conflicting accounts of his death, the most popular, and probably the most accurate, account maintains that he died in his bed while defending himself against Mexican soldiers. A Bowie knife forms the handle of this character jug.