Bowen Wynd

Place Name: Bowen Wynd

Feature Type (Year Approved): Road (2002)

Name Origins: Commemorative

Definition: 

Bowen.

Welsh: relationship name, anglicized form of the Welsh ‘son of Owain
From: Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

Wynd

A narrow lane between houses.

From Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wynd

Cultural Affiliation: Welsh, Scottish, English

Gender: Male

Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie

John Campbell Bowen (1872-1957) was Alberta's sixth lieutenant-governor. Born in Osgoode, Ontario, Bowen received a degree from McMaster University, and went on to study theology at Brandon College in Manitoba. From 1907 to 1911, he was pastor at the Strathcona Baptist Church. Ill health forced him to resign from his next posting in Winnipeg, and in 1912 he returned to Edmonton. Bowen's new career in the life insurance business was put on hold when, in 1915, he enlisted to serve in WWI with the 63rd Battalion. He was made chaplain, and assigned the rank of captain. Upon his return to Edmonton in 1918, Bowen resumed his career in life insurance, but two years later changed direction again and entered public life.In 1920 Bowen was elected to the Edmonton City Council. After only one year as an Alderman, he moved on to the provincial legislature, when he was elected as a Liberal member for Edmonton. Even though he had become Liberal house leader, Bowen's bid for re-election in 1926 did not succeed. Likewise, his campaign to be elected Edmonton's mayor in 1928 was unsuccessful. However, in 1937, Bowen was appointed Alberta's lieutenant-governor, a post he held until 1950. He is perhaps most remembered for the controversy surrounding his refusal, in 1937, to grant Royal Assent to three Bills brought forward by the Social Credit government of Premier William Aberhart. These were the Accurate News and Information Act, the Bank Taxation Act, and the Credit of Alberta Regulation Amendment Act.

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