Bowen, Elias, Dd
Bowen, Elias, D.D., at the time of his decease a minister in the Free Methodist Church, was born at Warwick, Mass., June 6, 1791. Under the preaching of the Rev. Marvin Richardson of the M. E. Church, he was converted. On April 25, 1813, he received license to preach, and June 15, 1814, he entered the travelling ministry of the M. E. Church. He was prominently before the Methodist public for over fifty years. He was elected delegate to the General Conference seven times, and at one period was strongly urged to become a candidate for the episcopacy. During the anti-slavery struggle, he took a decided stand in favor of the oppressed. In the fall of 1869 he was admitted into the Susquehanna Conference of the F. M. Church. He died Dec, 25, 1871. Few men wielded a more vigorous and powerful pen than Dr. Bowen. His contributions to religious periodicals were numerous. His last literary work was a History of the Origin of the Free Methodist Church. See Minutes of Annual Conf. of the F. M. Church, 1871, p. 16.