Transcribed from: The History of Florida: Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., Vol.
III, page 43, 1923.
BOWEN, M.D., FREDERICK J., who was president of the Duval County Medical Society, in 1922,
and who served as a member of the medical corps with the American Expeditionary Forces in
France in the World war, established himself in the practice of his profession in the City
of Jacksonville, Florida, in 1903, and here his success has been of unequivocal order.
Doctor BOWDEN was born at Hornell, New York, on the 22nd of March, 1877, and is the youngest
son in a family of seven sons and three daughters, five of the number still living. He is
a son of WILLIAM HENRY and JULIZA (COTTON) BOWEN, both likewise natives of the old Empire
State, where the former was born in 1838 and the latter in 1839, the death of the father
having occurred in 1884 and that of the mother in 1917. WILLIAM H. BOWEN was long and
successfully engaged in the wholesale produce business at Hornell, New York, and there
served as president of the township board of Fremont Township, besides having been otherwise
influential in community affairs. He was a democrat and a member of the Masonic fraternity,
and he and his wife held membership in the Baptist Church.
Doctor BOWEN supplemented the discipline of the public schools by attending Cornell University,
Ithaca, New York, and in 1901 he was graduated in the medical department of the great University
of Michigan, at Ann Arbor. After thus receiving his degree of Doctor of Medicine he did
effective post-graduate work in the Massachusetts General Hospital in the City of Boston and
a leading hospital in the City of London, England, in 1902. After his graduation he engaged
in practice in the City of Boston, where he remained until 1903, in which year he came to
Jacksonville, Florida, where he had developed a large and representative practice before he
subordinated the same to the call of patriotism and entered service in connection with the
World war. In September, 1918, he entered the medical corps of the United States Army, with
the rank of captain, and he soon afterward went to France, where he gave efficient service
in leading military hospitals and where he remained until the signing of the armistice brought
the war to a close. He received his honorable discharge August 19, 1919, and has since given
his attention to his substantial general practice at Jacksonville. His professional affiliations
include also his membership in the Florida State Medical Society, the Southern Medical association,
the Boston Medical Society and the American Medical Association. In the Masonic fraternity is
fundamental affiliation is with Dansville Lodge, No. 478, A. F. & A. M., and he is a member also
of Jacksonville Chapter, No. 12, R. A. M., and Damascus Commandery, No. 2, Knights Templar,
the while he has received in Florida Consistory, the thirty-second degree of the Scottish Rite,
besides being affiliated with Morocco Temple of the Mystic Shrine. The Doctor is a democrat
in politics, holds membership in the Seminole Club and the Florida Country club, and he and
his wife are members of the First Christian Church of Jacksonville.
May 30, 1907, recorded the marriage of Doctor BOWEN to Miss FLORENCE HARDY, and they have three
children: MARY NOEL, FREDERICK HARDY, and CECILE.