Died: November 23, 1872, Exeter, England.
English hymn-writer and statesman.
At age 33, Bowring became editor of the Westminster Review. An accomplished linguist, it has been said he was fluent in over 20 languages and could speak 80 more; he was known for his translations of Dutch poetry. He was also one of the preeminent British statesmen of his day: Commissioner to France, Consul at Canton, Minister Plenipotentiary to China, Governor of Hong Kong, and twice a member of Parliament. Queen Victoria knighted him in 1854.