Patrick Douglas Bowlen

Patrick Douglas Bowlen

Served during the following dates: 1904-12-07

BOWLEN, PATRICK DENNIS, farm equipment salesperson, rancher, and oil company president; b. 24 May 1879 in Cardigan, son of Michael Bowlen and Marie Casey; m. Olive Kemper, and they had four children, Evelyn, Betty, Paul, and William Michael; Roman Catholic; d. 21 September 1946 in Toronto.
Bowlen, a Liberal, was elected to the Legislative Assembly in the general election of 1904 for 3rd Kings. Bowlen served on the Board of Hospital Commissioners for the province. His brother, John James, was a Member ot the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, Leader of the Alberta Liberal Party, and Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta.
Bowlen received his early education at Glenntanning and Cardigan, later attending Prince of Wales College and Commercial Business College in Charlottetown. He began a successful career in business and agriculture, working as an assistant manager for an agricultural implements firm around 1908. Following his brief political career, Bowlen moved to Alberta where he was owner of the 30,000-acre "Bar C" ranch near Marley. He was one of Canada's largest horse dealers and provided a significant number of the horses used on the Western Front during the First World War. In 1918 the Patriot published an article recognizing his success in Alberta. Around 1926 Bowlen sold the ranch and organized an oil company, eventually known as the Texas-Canadian Oil Company, which he headed until about 1944. His brother John was also a successful rancher in Alberta. At the time of Patrick Bowlen's death on 21 September 1946, John had recently purchased a 2,217-acre ranch in the Carseland-Blackie district.
William Michael Bowlen was killed in 1945 during the Second World War while fighting with the Royal Canadian Air Force.

References: Canada: Veterans Affairs; CPG 1908; Globe and Mali 23 September 1946; island Patriot 31 December 1918; Summerside Journal 26 September 1946. Guide to abbreviations

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