Herbert Wolcott Bowen Edit Profile
Brother of Clarence Winthrop B. Studied at Brooklyn Polytechnic and in Europe. Member class 1878, Yale, honorary Master of Arts, 1903.
Bachelor of Laws, cum laude, Columbia, 1881. Admitted to bar, 1881.
He served as ambassador to Venezuela, and consul-general in Spain and Persia. After law school, Bowen practiced law in New York City specializing in international law. In 1895 he was appointed by President Grover Cleveland as the American consul-general at Barcelona, Spain, where he served until 1899, and then consul-general in Persia where he served from 1899 to 1901.
Bowen was appointed as envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary to Venezuela in 1901, the following year he negotiated the release of all foreign nationals from the revolutionaries during the Venezuelan crisis of 1902–03 under then dictator Cipriano Castro. He was dismissed in 1905 for impropriety.
Member class 1878, Yale, honorary.
Married Carolyn Mae Clegg, January 25, 1902.