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Collection Number RG1077.AM
Collection Name RG1077 Bowen, Kenneth L., 1912-1981
Identifier Political papers
Size and Materials 12.5 cu.ft.; 25 boxes
Title Kenneth L. Bowen papers
Date or Date Span 1959-1966
Year Range from 1959
Year Range to 1966
Admin/Biographical History Kenneth L. Bowen was born in Red Cloud, Webster County, Nebraska on January 25, 1912. He received his early education in the Kansas Public schools. On May 31, 1942, Bowen married Kathryn V. Kirkebride. Their marriage produced four children, a daughter and three sons. Bowen was active in the agricultural and business activities of the Red Cloud community, formerly operating the Red Cloud Sale Barn, and the Amboy Milling Company, in addition to owning two farms in the area. He later operated an automobile dealership prior to the establishment of a real estate and insurance business in Red Cloud.

Bowen was also active in civic affairs, serving on the city hospital board and the Board of Education. He was a former president of the Chamber of Commerce, and a former mayor of the city of Red Cloud. On November 4, 1958, Bowen was elected to the Nebraska legislature from the 32nd District, which included the counties of Franklin, Webster and Nuckolls. He gained election to a second term in November of 1960, and was again re-elected in November of 1962. In November of 1964, Bowen was elected to a four-year term from the 37th district which included Webster, Nuckolls, Franklin and Kearney counties. While in the legislature, Bowen served on many committees and was active in attempts to expand and reform the state tax structure by means of a state income tax. He resigned from the legislature on January 5, 1967, to become Executive Secretary of the League of Nebraska Municipalities. He also served as state director of the Farmers Home Administration from 1970-1976.

Kenneth L. Bowen died at his home in Red Cloud on April 18, 1981.
Scope & Content This collection consists of 25 manuscript boxes of material arranged topically in five series: (1) Legislative files, 1959-1965; (2) Correspondence, 1963-1966; (3) Legislative bills and journals, 1961-1963; (4) Committee reports and minutes, 1961-1963; and (5) Printed Matter.

The bulk of the papers are legislative files, 1959-1966, relating to Senator Bowen's service in the Nebraska Legislature, 1959-1967. These files include correspondence from constituents, materials relating to specific bills, reports and studies, speeches and newsletters, and miscellaneous publications. Senator Bowen's filing arrangement was retained in the processing of this collection.
Creator Bowen, Kenneth L., 1912-1981
Finding Aids Kenneth L. Bowen finding aid
Related units of description See the photo component [RG1077.PH] for related images.
Subjects Government officials
Legislation
Legislators
Politicians
Politics & government
People Bowen, Kenneth L., 1912-1981
Search Terms Income tax -- Nebraska
Legislation -- Nebraska
Legislators -- Nebraska
Nebraska -- Politics and government
Nebraska. Legislature, 1958-1967