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Albert Ernest Bowen Albert Ernest Bowen

1875 - 1953
  • Born 1875 Henderson Creek, Idaho
  • Baptized 1883
  • Married Aletha Reeder 1902
  • Mission to Switzerland and Germany 1902-1904
  • Earned Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree 1911
  • Married Emma Lucy Gates 1916
  • Sustained to Twelve and ordained Apostle 1937
  • Died 1953  Salt Lake City, Utah

    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.

   LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Andrew Jenson, Vol. 4, p.232
   Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol.4, Appendix 1
   2005 Church Almanac, p. 66

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