Owen, Isaac, Dd
Owen, Isaac, D.D.
a Methodist Episcopal minister, was born at Milton, Vermont, March 8, 1809. Two years later he removed with his parents to Indiana. He was converted in his sixteenth year, in his twenty-third was licensed to preach, and in 1834 entered the Indiana Conference. For fourteen years he filled without interruption the regular appointments given him by that Conference, and during the last four years of the time served with great efficiency as agent of the Indiana Asbury University. In 1848 he received a transfer to California as a missionary. Upon his arrival in California the interests of the work were mainly placed in his hands. For many years he filled the office of presiding elder; twice he was elected to the General Conference; once, upon the non-arrival of the bishop, he was chosen to fill his place and preside; and he was always among the foremost in Church and literary enterprises. To no one man was California more indebted for her progress in morals and social reform than to Dr. Owen. He died Feb. 9, 1866. Industry, zeal, and faithfulness marked his life. See Minutes of Annual Conferences, 1867, page 233; Simpson, Cyclop. of Methodism, s.v.