J. W. E. Bowen (John Wesley Edward), 1855-1933
John Wesley Edward Bowen, educator and theologian, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1855. Bowen received his B. A. from the University of New Orleans in 1878, and his B. D. from Boston University in 1885. Bowen continued his education receiving Ph.D. and D. D. degrees from Gammon Theological Seminary in 1887. He went on to serve as pastor of Methodist churches in New Jersey, Maryland and Washington, D. C.
Bowen taught at Central Tennessee College from 1878-1882, as well as at Morgan State College in Baltimore, and Howard University. Bowen was the first African American to be given a regular professorship at Gammon Theological Seminary. Bowen was also editor of The Voice of the Negro, and he co-edited The United Negro with I. Garland Penn. Bowen died in 1933.