Boy from Altheimer
From the Depression to the
William H. Bowen
Foreword by President Bill Clinton
of a key Arkansas figure
Bowen’s memoir deals with many of the most important
events and years in Arkansas history in the twentieth century.
Bowen was born and raised in Altheimer, in the Arkansas Delta,
a section of the country that was among the most impoverished
in the nation during the Depression. His adolescence was shaped
by the Depression, and as a young adult he enlisted in the
U.S. Navy during World War II, and served in the U.S. Naval
Reserve until 1963. After the war, Bowen became a tax attorney.
used his unique skills to refine the legal aspects of investment
banking in Arkansas and became so proficient at it that he
moved into the banking field to serve first as president then
board chairman of one of Arkansas’s largest banks. Legal
and banking experience led naturally to politics, and he became
chief of staff for Gov. Bill Clinton. After Clinton announced
his candidacy for president, it became Bowen’s task
to protect the interests and programs of Governor Clinton
in the face of intense pressure from then Lt. Gov. Jim Guy
Tucker to become de facto governor. Even in retirement
he continued to lead an energetic, productive life as he prepared
himself for yet another career, this one in education, serving
two years as dean of the University of Arkansas, Little Rock,
Law School, which now bears his name.
can honestly say that I could not have run for or become president
of the United States if it weren’t for Bill Bowen’s
selflessness and dedication to public service. . . . I have
some experience with the process of writing an autobiography,
and it is not a simple task. Bill, as usual, has done a great
Clinton, from the Foreword
is an important first hand account of the inner workings of
Arkansas’s executive office during a crucial time .
. . a good autobiography of one of Arkansas’s leading
Roberts, director of the Central Arkansas Library System
Bowen’s insights into political and economic issues
provide explanations of key events that to date have been
lacking in the public area.”
Fred Williams, author of Arkansas: Independent and Proud,
An Illustrated History
and co-editor of A
Documentary History of Arkansas
currently lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.
12 photographs, index
6" x 9"
$22.50 (s) Paper