From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Bowen, William Henry

(born: 1868) 

William H. Bowen was born in Montgomery County, KY. He was a minister and wrote editorials for The Evangelist, a religious paper published in Paris, KY. Bowen was President of the State Sunday School Convention. In 1900, Bowen, his wife Lizzie Fanstiana Simms (b.March of 1872 in KY), a graduate of Oberlin College, and their two year old son Carl W., were living in Millersburg, KY, according to the U.S. Federal Census. William H. Bowen was the son of Travy and Kizzie Bowen. He studied at the Bible School in New Castle, KY, and the Christian Bible School in Louisville, KY. Bowen was a school teacher and served as president of the Christian Brotherhood, and vice president of the State Missionary Convention. By 1910, William H. Bowan was a minister in Fulton, MO, he was single and had no family [source: Federal Census]. In the 1920 and the 1930 Census, Bowen was a school teacher who was married to Myrtle C. Bowen.  For more see William Henry Bowen, Chapter IX, in Biographical Sketches of Prominent Negro Men and Women of Kentucky, by W. D. Johnson, pp.26-27.

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NKAA Source: The Evangelist (newspaper)
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