1859–1944
portrait

June 11, 1859, near Har­ris­on­burg, Vir­gin­ia.

1944, Rock­ing­ham Coun­ty, Vir­gin­ia.

Day­ton Ce­me­te­ry, Day­ton, Vir­gin­ia.

John was the son of Jo­seph Bow­man and Sar­ah J. Flo­ry, and hus­band of Ma­ry E. Stov­er.

He be­gan stu­dy­ing mu­sic at an ear­ly age, and age 18, at­tend­ed his first nor­mal at New Mar­ket, Vir­gin­ia, con­duct­ed by Ben­ja­min Un­seld and P. J. Mer­ges.

He lat­er at­tend­ed other nor­mals and stu­died with ma­ny of Am­er­i­ca’s fore­most teach­ers, in­clud­ing An­tho­ny Sho­wal­ter. It was from Sho­wal­ter’s South­ern Nor­mal Mu­si­cal In­sti­tute (SNMI) in Dal­ton, Geor­gia, that Bow­man re­ceived his di­plo­ma.

Bowman was an as­sist­ant teach­er at the SNMI, and lat­er op­ened his own Am­er­i­can Nor­mal School of Music. As of 1904, he was liv­ing in Har­ris­on­burg, Vir­gin­ia, and was a stock­hold­er in the A. J. Sho­wal­ter Com­pa­ny, a Gos­pel mu­sic pub­lish­er.

His works in­clude:

  1. Are You One of the Nine­ty and Nine?
  2. Are You Walk­ing in the Thorny Paths?
  3. Brother, Are You Walk­ing?
  4. Child, in Thy Days of Ten­der Youth
  5. Father, Ho­ly One, Bow Thine Ear
  6. I Am Cling­ing to the Bless­ed Cross
  7. I Am Cling­ing to the Rock
  8. I’m Wait­ing the Time When My Lord Shall Come
  9. In the Church Through Its Por­tals
  10. Jesus, Hear Me When I Cry
  11. Jesus Saved All Who Will­ing­ly Take Him
  12. Jesus Will Save You To­day
  13. Knowledge of Christ, The
  14. My Sav­ior Guides Me Day by Day
  15. O Father, Hear My Humb­le Pray­er
  16. O Jesus, Take Me, I Come
  17. O See, the Wrecks Along the Way
  18. O Sinner, Why Tar­ry the Call to Obey?
  19. Prince of Peace, the Most Ho­ly, The
  20. Reapers Sing as They Toil, The
  21. Saving Faith in Him
  22. See the Migh­ty Ar­my Now Ad­vanc­ing
  23. Send the Mes­sage in­to All the World
  24. Shepherd’s Fold, The
  25. Some Day I’ll Meet My Bless­ed Lord
  26. Sweet the Ho­ly Name of Je­sus
  27. There’s a Beau­ti­ful Land Far Away
  28. They Cru­ci­fied My Sav­ior
  29. We Are March­ing Home
  30. When Hope Sings in the Storm
  31. When Je­sus Comes to Earth Again
  32. When the Bride­groom Com­eth
  33. When the Lord of Hea­ven and Earth Ap­pears
  34. When the Trum­pet Shall Sound
  35. Where Je­sus Dwells I Want to Be
  36. Working for Je­sus Our Lord

Bow­man’s death date