|Birth: ||Jul. 2, 1828|
|Death: ||Dec. 5, 1911|
Married Anne Gayle 06/26/1850, Book 10, Page 104, Mobile County marriage records.
FORMER MAYOR OF MOBILE IS DEAD
Judge Richard B. Owen Passed Away Tuesday
Resident of Mobile Since 1833, He Had Filled Many Positions of Trust and Honor During Long and Useful Life.
Yesterday morning at 8 o'clock Judge Richard B. Owen, former mayor of Mobile, breathed his last in the home of his son, Frank L. Owen, 304 Congress street. Judge and Mrs. Owen have been spending their summers with their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Norvell, in Nashville, and returned home recently to spend the winter with their family here. The Judge has been in excellent health, but was complaining some Saturday, and on Monday was worse. His end came suddenly at the hour named, without preceding suffering.
Judge Owen was born July 2, 1828 in Franklin, Tenn., and came to Mobile with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Franklin L. Owen, in 1833. He was educated at Spring Hill College and the University of Alabama, having graduated from that institution in 1847. He was a member of the Greek letter fraternity Delta Kappa Epsilon and the oldest living member of the society. He graduated in law and was in the office of Judge John Campbell, associate justice of the United States supreme court. He afterwards practiced law as a member of the firm of Peter and T. A. Hamilton. During the first three years of the war he was clerk of the supreme court of Alabama and previous to that in 1853 he was a member of the state legislature. He served gallantly in the Confederate army and on his return to Mobile filled the position of secretary and treasurer of the Mobile and Spring Hill Railway Company until he was elected president of the police board and recorder of the Port of Mobile in 1878, which position he filled with honor and credit to himself and the community for two successive terms, and upon his election for the third time was shortly raised to the position of mayor, the charter of Mobile having been restored by the legislature.
The judge was an old line Democrat and was always loyal to his party. In 1894 he was elected secretary and treasurer of the Quarantine Board of Mobile Bay, which office he filled until he was 80 years of age, when the quarantine was taken over by the United States government. Since that time Judge Owen has lived quietly in Mobile, spending the summer with his wife at the home of their eldest daughter in Nashville, Tenn. Judge Owen was a life long member of the Episcopal church, a vestryman of Christ church congregation in years gone by and superintendent of that Sunday school. He married at the age of 32 in June, 1850, Miss Anne Gayle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Levi Gayle, and they lived happily together for the past sixty-one years. To them seven children were born, five sons and two daughters, Frank L., John M., Philip A., R. B., Jr., and Gayle Owen; Miss Lizzie Owen, now Mrs. W. E. Norvell, of Nashville, Tenn., and Miss Nannie Gayle Owen, of Mobile. He is survived by his widow, three sons, R. B. Owen, Jr., Frank L. Owen, John Owen, and several grandchildren, among them being Miss Mae Owen, Allie Owen, Goronwy Owen, Jr., Mrs. F. M. Dearborn, of New York City, William E. Norvell, of the same city, his neice, Mrs. Susan Owen Quigley, two nephews, Dr. Calvin N. Owen, of Mobile, and Goronwy Owen, of Columbus, Miss.
The Mobile Register
December 6, 1911
Franklin Lewis Owen (1803 - 1879)
Elizabeth C Maury Owen (1810 - 1897)
Anne Gayle Owen (1832 - 1916)
Frank Louis Owen (1855 - 1929)*
Richard Brown Owen (1865 - 1923)*
Gayle Owen (1867 - 1910)*
Allie Owen (1868 - 1875)*
Nannie Gayle Owen (1873 - 1960)*
Richard Brown Owen (1828 - 1911)
John Michaux Owen (1830 - 1855)*
Goronwy Owen (1834 - 1903)*
George W Owen (1838 - 1910)*
Franklin Alexander Owen (1840 - 1872)*
Plot: A-Main, Square 7, Lot 46
Created by: Tim Childree
Record added: Aug 21, 2012
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