Louise deKoven Bowen

In recognition of Women’s History Month we will be highlighting notable women of Metropolitan’s history all month long. Take a look at our feature on Louise deKoven Bowen.


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Often referred to as the “First Lady of Chicago,” Louise deKoven Bowen, served on the board of United Charities (now Metropolitan Family Services) from 1909-1950 and served as Vice President from 1912-1950. Bowen also served as the Honorary President of the Juvenile Protective Association for 29 years and served 35 years as Treasurer and Trustee of the Hull House Association.  Her book, Growing Up With a City (1926, reprinted 2002), charmingly chronicles the growth of Chicago from its pioneer days to the 1920s.

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