Bowles, Chester Bliss, 1901-1986


Bowles, Chester Bliss, 1901-1986


Bio: Chester Bliss Bowles (b. April 5, 1901, Springfield, Massachusetts-d. May 25, 1986, Essex, Connecticut), government official and Congressman. He graduated from Choate School in 1919 and Yale University in 1924. He worked as a businessman in Springfield, Massachusetts and New York City from 1924 to 1929. In 1929 he co-founded the New York City advertising firm Benton & Bowles, Inc., and was chairman of the board from 1936 to 1941. Bowles worked as the Connecticut State rationing administrator in 1942, the State director in 1942 and 1943, and general manager from July to October 1943. He also worked as the administrator in the Office of Price Administration from 1943 to 1946, was a member of the War Production Board and Petroleum Board for War from 1943 to 1946, and was chairman of the Economic Stabilization Board in 1946. Bowles was Governor of Connecticut from 1949 to 1951, Ambassador to India and Nepal from 1951 to 1953, U.S. Representative from 1959 to 1961, Under Secretary of State in 1961, and the President’s special representative and advisor from 1961 to 1963. Bowles returned to India as U.S. Ambassador and served from 1963 to 1969.


Ambassador Chester Bowles. Meeting, Oval Office, White House, Washington DC, 8/8/1967. Photo # a4601-21 by Yoichi Okamoto. White House Photo Office collection, LBJ Presidential Library, public domain.


LBJ Connection: Long-time government official; U.S. Ambassador to India, 1963-1969