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Louise De Koven Bowen

Louise De Koven Bowen, American social worker. Recipient gold medal of Rotarian Club for distinguished service, 1941. member board, auditor National American Woman Suffrage Association; member committee founding Visiting Nurses of Chicago; member Juvenile Court committee that established Juvenile Court.

Background

  • Bowen, Louise De Koven was born on February 26, 1859 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Daughter of John and Helen (Hadduck) de Koven.

  • Education

    • Student Dearborn Seminary, Chicago. Honorary Master of Arts, Knox College, 1922. Doctor of Hebrew Literature, Tufts, 1926.

      Citizen-fellow Chicago Institute of Medicine, 1939.

    Career

    • Treasurer Hull House Association, Chicago, since 1893, president, 1935-1944, now honorary president. President Juvenile Protective Association 35 years, now honorary president. Vice president United Charities, 1911-1951.

      Chairman Woman’s Illinois Division Council National Defense. Past member Republican National Committee. President Woman’s World Fair, Chicago, 1925-1927.

      Appointed Woman Fair Price Commissioner for Illinois by Department of Justice, 1920. Member board, auditor National American Woman Suffrage Association. Vice president Illinois Equal Suffrage Association.

      President Chicago Equal Suffrage Association. Delegate for United States to International Woman Suffrage Alliance in Budapest. Established first Boy’s Club in Chicago.

      Delegate White House Conference on Child Health and Protection, under Woodrow Wilson United States official delegate Pan-American Conference, 1922. Member committee founding Visiting Nurses of Chicago. Member Juvenile Court committee that established Juvenile Court.

      Assisted in foundation of Boys Court and Court of Domestic Relations. President Roosevelt Republican Woman’s Club several years. Treasurer Mount Desert Island (Maine) Biology Laboratory.

      Vice president National Social Hygiene Association of New York.

    Works

    • Author: Safeguards for City Youth at Work and at Play, 1914. Growing Up With a City, 1926. Speeches, Addresses and Letters of Louise de Koven Bowen, 1938.

      Baymeath, 1945
    • Open Windows, 1946. Also various brochures and reports on sociological subjects.

    Religion

    Denomination: Episcopalian

    Membership

    Member board, auditor National American Woman Suffrage Association. Member committee founding Visiting Nurses of Chicago. Member Juvenile Court committee that established Juvenile Court.

    Clubs: Chicago Woman’s, Woman’s City (honorary president), Friday, The Fortnightly, Hull House Woman’s (president 17 years).

    Connections

    • Married Joseph Tilton Bowen, June 1, 1886 (now deceased).
    • father: John Bowen
    • mother: Helen (Hadduck) Bowen
    • spouse: Joseph Tilton Bowen
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    Born February 26, 1859
    Died November 9, 1953
    (aged 94)
    Nationality

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