James W. Bowers was born in Kent County Maryland, on July 23, 1826. At an early age,
he moved to Baltimore with his parents. When he was sixteen (16) years of age,
he entered the drug business with Mr. E. H. Perkins. Later in his life he would
become self-employed in the same type of business for Fifty-Six years. In 1874,
he formed a partnership for the conducting of the wholesale & retail book & stationery
business with Brother John Medairy (Grand Secretary of Maryland), and their business
soon became the headquarters for the sale of Masonic Literature. In 1880, he was
asked to complete and publish the “Masonic Monitor.” This valuable manual was approved
on May 11, 1881 and is still in use in all Maryland Lodges today.
On February 17, 1854 he would become a Mason in the Concordia Lodge #13, until August
25, 1854 when he would become a Charter Member of Arcana Lodge #110, and in 1860
serves as their Worshipful Master. He would serve as Grand Lecturer of The Maryland
Grand Lodge from 1864 - 1884.
On January 8, 1908 Brother Bowers was buried in the London Park Cemetery. He was
remembered as a “Good Citizen and a Zealous and indefatigable Masonic Worker.” He
was the soul honor at his death, who left an unblemished name to his only son. His
wife having dies 24 years previous.