Charles Henry Fowler
(11 August 1837
– 1908) was a Canadian
of the Methodist Episcopal Church
, elected in 1884.
Birth and Family
Charles was born in Burford Ontario, Canada
. At the age of four he was taken to Illinois
Charles spent some time at the Rock River
Seminary in Illinois. Then he entered the Genesee Wesleyan Seminary
, Livingston County, New York
(which became Syracuse University
), graduating in 1859. He received the honors
of his class.
His original plan to enter law changed when he was converted to Christ. Instead, he entered Garrett Biblical Institute, Evanston, Illinois, from which he graduated in 1861.
The Rev. Fowler joined the Rock River Annual Conference
in 1861. He served in the pastorate
for twelve years, all in the city of Chicago
. He collected $40,000 in Eastern cities for the relief of Chicago's churches following the Great Chicago Fire
In 1872 the Rev. Dr. Fowler became the President of Northwestern University in Evanston, having declined this same position in 1861. Four years later he was made Editor of the Christian Advocate based in New York City, an important Methodist periodical of that day. In 1880 he was elected Missionary Secretary of his denomination.
In 1884 he was elected to the Episcopacy
by the General Conference of the M.E. Church
. During a large part of his episcopal service his residence was in San Francisco
Founding the College of Puget Sound
Fowler was the main founder of the College of Puget Sound (now the University of Puget Sound
). He came up with the idea while in Tacoma, Washington
for a methodist conference.
- "Our New Bishops," Western Christian Advocate, 1884.