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Since 1987, the Robert Bowne Foundation has provided grants and technical assistance to New York City out-of-school-time programs that support the literacy development of children and youth. We define literacy as engagement in reading, writing, listening, and ... more.
The Robert Bowne Foundation
The company, founded in 1775 by Robert Bowne, is the oldest business in New York State operating under the same name since its founding.
He was Chief Executive Officer of the company from 1956 until his retirement in 1986.
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The Robert Bowne Foundation was established in 1968 by Edmund A. Stanley, Jr. and named in honor of Robert Bowne(1744-1818), founder of Bowne & Company.At a time when there was very little organized concern for the plight of the poor, the sick and the uneducated in New York, Robert Bowne was a pioneer in his efforts on behalf of the disadvantaged.Through the Manumission Society, of which he was a founder, he sought to "exert all lawful means to ameliorate the sufferings" of the American slave and "ultimately to free him from bondage."He was a founder, as well, of the Society for Establishing a Free school in the City of New York, where scholars would be chosen on the basis of need, irrespective of "sect, creed, nationality, or name."He played an active role, too, in New York's first hospital, its first public health organization, and its first fire insurance company.When he died, one of his many good friends said of Robert Bowne, "His active mind, open purse, expanded heart, and willing feet knew no bounds."
Robert Bowne Foundation: Of Men and Dreams Excerpt
Our History | Robert Bowne
Robert Bowne Foundation: Of Men and Dreams Excerpt The Robert Bowne Foundation Unmindful of a a light snowfall or their audience, Robert Bowne and his two associates began carrying the merchandise from the walk to the shelves of their new shop. Although all this happened about a year and a half before the Declaration of Independence, Robert Bowne was an American of four generations. The latter's fifth child by his first wife was John Bowne, whose son, Robert, was to leave the old family home to establish, in 1775, the firm which todays bears his name. Robert Bowne, a Quaker and successful merchant, was not altogether sympathetic to the cause of the "Revolution. His religious scruples forbade violence as a means of resolving conflict and, from a business standpoint, he could see only economic chaos as the result of the struggle. The following letter, written at the home of his father-in-law, gives some insight into his sentiments: As yet we have been much favored in every respect. The 27th of last month Betsy was safely delivered of a fine son, Robert Hartshorne Bowne, I have endeavored to avoid giving offense to any and have associated with very few persons here, finding it much the best thing to do. In one respect this development saddened Robert Bowne, because one of his most promising young associates, whose interests lay in another direction, decided to strike out on his own. With a background of peddling bakery goods from door to door, he started with the company in 1784 at $2 per week, but soon amazed his new employer with his industry and ready grasp of the business. He handled what fur trade the firm had and made a few trips into the wilderness, gaining the friendship of many of the trappers and even learning the rudiments of the Mohawk and Seneca languages. On his return from a trip to Montreal, he tried to persuade Robert Bowne to devote all the capital of the company to this growing and profitable business, but after careful consideration, the latter declined. The business grew and became sufficiently well-established for Robert Bowne to be able to devote some time to philanthropic and other endeavors. Incensed by this inhuman practice and slavery in general, a public meeting was held, and the "Manumission Society" formed, with George Clinton, Alexander Hamilton, Robert Bowne, John Jay, Thomas Eddy and several others, as directors. Henry Rutgers, Robert Bowne and a few others met at the home of John Murray, Jr. in Pearl Street to discuss the problem. Robert Bowne held an enviable record of service to this institutions which was to grow to become the world-famous New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. As its governor for 34 years and as its vice president for 13, Robert Bowne worked at various times with James Duane, Robert Murray, Thomas Eddy, Samuel Franklin, Isaac Roosevelt, and many other prominent figures of the time. In 1793, with the yellow fever epidemic raging, Robert Bowne formed the New York City Health Committee and became its first chairman. His first act was to provide a sedan chair, which in those days must have served the combined purposed of stretcher and ambulance, to bring those afflicted to the newly established hospital on the site of what is now Bellevue Hospital. At the next meetings, twelve directors were elected, including Alexander Hamilton, Robert Bowne, Samuel Franklin, John Vanderbilt and Isaac Roosevelt. At first the bank was not incorporated but later a petition to incorporate was signed by Robert Bowne and twelve others. The petition was renewed in 1789, 1790 and 1791, when it was finally passed by the legislature. Robert Bowne showed a great deal of interest in these surveys and in 1791 helped organize an inland navigation company. His was a modest undertaking, a three-mile canal of five locks near Little Falls, New York, but it proved what might be done on a larger scale. Let me on this occasion discharge a debt of gratitude and of justice to the late Robert Bowne. He is now elevated above human panegyric and reposes, I humbly and fervently believe, in the bosom of his God. He had at an early period devoted his attention to this subject and was master of all its important hearings. To his wise counsels, intelligent views and patriotic exertions, we were under incalculable obligations.
The Robert Bowne Foundation
The Robert Bowne Foundation was established in 1968 by Edmund A. Stanley, Jr. and named in honor of Robert Bowne (1744-1818), founder of Bowne & Company.
At a time when there was very little organized concern for the plight of the poor, the sick and the uneducated in New York, Robert Bowne was a pioneer in his efforts on behalf of the disadvantaged. Through the Manumission Society, of which he was a founder, he sought to "exert all lawful means to ameliorate the sufferings" of the American slave and "ultimately to free him from bondage. He was a founder, as well, of the Society for Establishing a Free school in the City of New York, where scholars would be chosen on the basis of need, irrespective of "sect, creed, nationality, or name. He played an active role, too, in New York's first hospital, its first public health organization, and its first fire insurance company. When he died, one of his many good friends said of Robert Bowne, "His active mind, open purse, expanded heart, and willing feet knew no bounds.
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Robert Bowne (1744-1818)
Robert Bowne founded Bowne & Co., financial printers, now the country's oldest public company. In addition, he was a founding director, in 1784, of the Bank of New York and in 1787 of the Mutual Assurance Co., the city's first fire insurance company. He was also a founder of the New York Hospital and the American Chamber of Commerce. Like many Quakers, he was opposed to slavery and was active in the anti-slavery movement. In 1784, he joined with Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, Thomas Eddy and George Clinton (who was married to Robert's cousin Hannah Bowne Franklin) to form the Manumission Society of New York. In 1805, he, along with others, formed The Society for Establishing a Free School in the City of New York. Robert Bowne (1744-1818) A man of vision, Robert Bowne was intrigued by the possibilities of improved commerce with newly settled land to the west and in 1791 helped organize an inland navigation company, paving the way for the Erie Canal, which was completed in 1825, during the administration of Governor DeWitt Clinton.