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  Bowen, William F.
NameWilliam F. Bowen
Cincinnati, Ohio , United States
Born 00, 1929
DiedApril 22, 1999 (70 years)
Contributoreddy 9_99
Last ModifedThomas Walker
Sep 11, 2009 01:52pm
Tags African - Freemason - Baptist -
InfoMember, Ohio State House, 1967-1970

Member, Ohio State Senate, 1970-1994

William Bowen (Deceased— April 22, 1999) was one of the most influential African-American political leaders in the history of Ohio. He grew up in poverty in the West End of Cincinnati, graduated from Woodward High School and attended Xavier University. He was president of the Cincinnati Chapter of the NAACP from 1958 to 1964, then was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1966. Four years later, he was appointed to, and then won on his own, the Ohio Senate seat for the 9th District and held the office until he retired in 1994. During his tenure in the Senate, Bowen earned a strong reputation as a champion of civil rights, fair housing, and affirmative action. He was the driving force behind legislation that established state set-asides that resulted in awarding state contracts to minority contractors. He was officially recognized by the 107th General Assembly for his outstanding leadership during the race riots in Cincinnati in the late 1960s.



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