The University of Iowa

Bowman House

John G. Bowman

Honoree: John G. Bowman
1877 - 1962 


  • Ninth President (1911–1914) of the University of Iowa
  • At 34, Bowman was the youngest man to be appointed President of the University of Iowa, the first University of Iowa alumnus to become its President, and the school’s first Iowa-born chief administrator
  • Earned his B.A. degree in 1899, M.A. in 1904 and Litt.D. in 1934 at the University of Iowa
  • Bowman oversaw the formation of the colleges of Education and Fine Arts, the latter existing as a college for only a few years
  • Promoted the work of the University’s Extension Division
  • Following his departure from Iowa, he became the first director of the American College of Surgeons in 1915
  • From 1921 to 1945 he was chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh and was its president from 1945 until retiring in 1947

Bowman House


Description of facility:

Home to the Project on the Rhetoric of Inquiry (POROI) and the Writing University website.

Address: 230 North Clinton Street
Year built: 1920
Additional building information: Bowman House

Aerial View of Building