John Clyde Bowen

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John Clyde Bowen (May 12, 1888 – April 27, 1978) was a United States federal judge.

Born in Newbern, Tennessee, Bowen received a B.A. from the University of Tennessee in 1913 and an LL.B. from Harvard Law School in 1916. He was a Lieutenant in the United States Army, F.A.R.C. during World War I, from 1917 to 1918. He entered private practice in Seattle, Washington in 1919, and was a member of the Washington State Senate in 1931, and later a legal advisor to the governor of Washington in 1933. He was a tax collector for the Internal Revenue Service, Districts of Washington and Alaska from 1933 to 1934.

On February 22, 1934, Bowen was nominated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to a seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington vacated by Jeremiah Neterer. Bowen was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 28, 1934, and received his commission on March 20, 1934. He served as chief judge from 1948-1959. He assumed senior status on June 5, 1961. Bowen served in that capacity until his death.

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Preceded by
Jeremiah Neterer
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
1934–1961
Succeeded by
William Trulock Beeks