Born in New York, New York, Bowman took his bachelor's degree at Cornell University in 1919. While at Cornell, he joined the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity in 1915, and through that affiliation, was a member of the Irving Literary Society.
Bowman was ranked as high as No. 13 in the United States. In 1929, he won the singles and doubles titles at the Cincinnati Masters. He was 32 years old when his won the singles title, making him to this day the fourth oldest player to win the title in Cincinnati, behind Bill Tilden (who was 33 when he won in 1926), Andre Agassi (34 when his won his third Cincinnati title in 2004) and Ken Rosewall (35 when he won in 1970).
Also in 1929, Bowman won many smaller titles, including the Championship of Bermuda, the Eastern Clay Court Championship, the Hudson Valley Championship, and the Old Dominion championship in Richmond, Virginia. He also won the Atlantic Coast Championships in 1927.
Bowman died in New York City in 1980.
- ”Bowman is Victor in Keen Struggle; Reaches Semi-Finals in Jersey Tennis Championship by Defeating Van Vliet,” New York Times (June 15, 1922)
- ”Fifty-Two Start in L.I. Title Tourney; Tennis Starts Run True to Form in First Round Matches on Woodmere Courts,” New York Times (July 12, 1921)
- ”Anderson Reaches Semifinal Round; Holder of Castle Point Tennis Trophy Downs Emerson in Hard Fought Match,” New York Times (Sept. 23, 1921). See also, Wright & Ditson, Lawn Tenns Guide, Officially Adopted (Boston, MA 1920), “Singles Championship of the United States, Forest Hills, New York, on Aug. 30, 1920,” at 10.