Bowen, William an English Congregational minister, was born in March, 1790, near St. Helen's, Lancashire. In early life he went to Liverpool, and there united with the church of Rev. Mr. Charrier, where his piety and talent found exercise in village preaching. He left Liverpool, and for some years travelled through the midland counties as a book-agent. He studied at Rowell College from 1816 to 1818. In the latter year he returned to Bretherton, where, by his exertions, in 1819, a, church was formed. He set apart two days in the week to receive medical patients. He resigned his charge in 1851, after a pastorate of thirty-three years, in which he won all hearts to himself. He died Oct. 9, 1854. His piety was calm and consistent, and he was pre-eminently the friend of the poor. See (Lond.) Cong. Year- book, 1855, p. 208.