Senator John English Rowen View All Years
JOHN E. ROWEN was born at Thompsonville, Connecticut, July 26, 1837; he died at his home near Rowan, Iowa, May 1, 1914. As a boy he worked in the woolen and carpet mills and attended school but little, his education being obtained later by extensive reading and observation. At the age of fifteen years he removed with his parents to Cedar county, Iowa, and three years after to Wright county. At the age of twenty-one years he was licensed preacher in the United Brethren church and continued in this work for fourteen years, organizing and establishing twelve churches. He afterward entered the insurance business and for twenty years was a very successful agent. He was elected to the legislature and served as senator in the Twenty-fifth, Twenty-sixth and Twenty-sixth Extra General Assemblies. He was United States consul to the Falkland Islands for ten years and to Punta Arenas, Chile, four years. On his resignation from the service he was commended by the department of state for work performed.