Born: Ju­ly 25, 1854, Hil­ton, New York.

Died: Feb­ru­ary 14, 1952, Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

Buried: Mount Au­burn Ce­me­te­ry, Cam­bridge, Mas­sa­chu­setts.


Rowley was the son of doc­tor John Row­ley and Ma­ry Jane Smith, and hus­band of Ida Ame­lia Bab­cock (marr­ied June 11, 1878, Ro­ches­ter, New York).

He at­tend­ed the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ro­ches­ter and Ro­ches­ter Theo­lo­gic­al Se­mi­na­ry (now the Col­gate Ro­ches­ter Cro­zer Di­vi­ni­ty School) in New York.

He was or­dained a Bap­tist min­is­ter in 1878, and pas­tored for ov­er 30 years in sev­er­al lo­ca­tions:

Around 1908, he be­came pre­si­dent of the Mas­sa­chu­setts So­ci­ety for Pre­ven­tion of Cru­el­ty to Ani­mals, where he served un­til re­tire­ment in 1945.

Oglethorpe Uni­ver­si­ty in At­lan­ta, Georg­ia, named the Row­ley School of Hu­ma­ni­ties af­ter him.