October 8, 1882, Richmond, Virginia.

April 23, 1969, Alexandria, Virginia.

Virginia Theological Seminary Cemetery, Alexandria, Virginia.


A graduate of Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts (BA, Phi Beta Kappa, 1904; MA 1905), Bowie received a BD degree from the Virginia Theological Seminary in 1908. He was ordained an Episcopal deacon in 1908, and priest in 1909. He was Rector of Emmanuel Church, Greenwood, Virginia (1911–23); of St. Paul’s Church, Richmond, Virginia; and Grace Church, New York City (1923–39). He also served as a hospital chaplain in France in World War I, and in 1939, became Professor of Practical Theology at Union Theological Seminary, Manhattan, New York. His works include:

Historical Note: While at Harvard University, Bowie co-edited the Crimson magazine with future American president Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

  1. God of the Nations, Who from Dawn of Days
  2. Lord Christ, When First Thou Cam’st to Men (1928)
  3. Lovely to the Outward Eye
  4. O Holy City, Seen of John
  5. O Ye Who Dare Go Forth with God

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