OTIS RAY BOWEN
The former Governor sends this letter to Danny Franklin on Office of
the Governor letterhead, revealing information about living former Governors of
the state as requested.
Typed letter signed: "Otis R Bowen" as Governor of
Indiana, 1p, 8½x11. Indianapolis, Indiana, October 3, 1973. On
letterhead of "Office of the Governor/Otis R. Bowen, M.D./Governor" to Danny
Franklin, Phoenix, Arizona. In full: "Thank you for your request and
kind comments. I am most appreciative - and am pleased to send the enclosed to
you. The list of living former governors of the state is as follows: [Bowen
then lists five names, including Ralph F. Gates, George Craig, Roger Branigan,
Matthew E. Welsh and Edgar D. Whitcomb, and gives their addresses]". The
letter concludes: "Kindest personal regards". Enclosures not present.
American physician and politician Dr. Otis Ray Bowen (1918-2013) was the
Republican Governor of Indiana from 1973-1981. The first Governor to
serve for eight years since 1851, Bowen had previously been a member of
Indiana's House of Representatives (1957-1958; 1961-1972, Speaker,
1967-1972). Appointed Secretary of Health and Human Services by President
Ronald Reagan, Bowen was the first medical doctor to serve in the
position (1985-1989). In addition to his political career, Bowen, who
received his M.D. in 1942 and is the holder of 30 honorary degrees, has
had his own medical practice, served on the staffs of a number of Indiana
hospitals, was Coroner for Marshall County, Indiana and was a clinical
professor of family medicine at Indiana University. Lightly creased at upper
portion. Fine condition.
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