Edwin L. Bowring
Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1895
Edwin L. Bowring was born on January 5, 1849, in the town of Resgate, Surrey, England, and came to the United States with his parents, when he was two years old.
He settled in Grand Rapids. During his time there, he was connected with the furniture business.
Brother Bowring was an enthusiastic Mason. He was a prominent and influential member of all the Masonic Bodies in that city.
He was raised as a Master Mason in 1874 in Valley City Lodge, No. 86 in Grand Rapids. He was Worshipful Master of Valley City Lodge, No. 86, in 1889 and in 1890, and High Priest of Grand Rapids Chapter, No. 8 in 1892 and in 1893. He was also a member of De Molai Commandery, No. 5 of the DeWitt Clinton Consistory.
The administration of Grand Master, William P. Innes, in 1892, marked the last year when the officers in the Grand Lodge, up to, and including, Senior Deacon were appointive, they having been, in that year, made elective. Brother Bowring was appointed by Grand Master Innes, Worshipful Senior Grand Deacon, and was the last to fill that office by appointment. From that office, he was advanced, year-by-year, until, in 1895, he was elected Most Worshipful Grand Master, and served one year with much ability. His administration was marked by quiet, earnest, enthusiastic work and progress in all the Masonic activities, and he retired from that exalted position, secure in the possession of the respect and esteem of his Brothers.
He died on October 9, 1900.