Albert Ernest Bowen was born Oct. 31, 1875, at Henderson
Creek, Oneida Co., Idaho, a son of David Bowen and Annie Shackleton. He
was baptized Dec. 2, 1883, by Daniel E. Price and filled a mission to Switzerland
and Germany from 1902 to 1904.
In 1902 Elder Bowen married Aletha E. Reeder who, after becoming
the mother of two sons, died in 1906.
Just previous to leaving for his mission Bro. Bowen
had taken a B. A. degree, with honor, at the Brigham Young College, and
upon his return became a member of the faculty of the Brigham Young College.
In 1907 he entered the law school of the Chicago University, having previously
studied in that institution.
In 1911 he was graduated from the law school with
the degree of Doctor of Jurisprudence, after which he practiced law in
Logan, Utah, and served as county attorney for Cache County two terms.
While residing at Logan, Elder Bowen was superintendent of the Cache Stake
Sunday School Board and from 1922 to 1934 was a member of the General Board
of the Deseret Sunday School Union, from which position he was released
Jan. 1, 1935, to succeed Apostle George
A. Smith as general superintendent of the Y. M. M. I. A.
In 1916 he married Emma Lucy Gates, grand-daughter
of Pres. Brigham Young.
Elder Bowen was sustained to the Twelve and then
ordained an Apostle April 8, 1937 by President Heber
J. Grant. He served honorably in that high and holy calling until his
death July 15, 1953 at Salt Lake, City, Utah at the age of seventy-seven.