Percy Owen was born in Oswego, NY January 19, 1875 son of Joseph Owen and Emma Augusta
(Marshall) Owen. Joseph Owen owned an insurance and real estate company in Oswego. Percy
joined his father in the insurance business.
In 1899 Percy traveled to New York City to expand his insurance career. While in New York City
Percy became involved in the emerging automobile business. Percy started out as a mechanic with one
of the major automobile manufactures of the time, Alexander Winton’s Winton Carriage Company
(1897 – 1924). Percy became one of Winton’s first auto racing driver’s.
Alexander Winton opened up one of the first automobile dealerships in New York City May 1902 and
placed Percy Owen as manager.
In December of 1907 Owen opens the first garage in New York City on West 66th Street.
From 1907 – 1908 Percy Owen was the Bianchi automobile importer. Between 1908 and 1924 he worked at various smaller car companies, then served as Chief of Automotive Division of the Department of Commerce under the Herbert Hoover administration from 1924 -1925.
Later he worked for Dodge and then completed his career as President of the Michigan Bakeries Company from 1932 -1946. Percy Owen passed away May 31, 1956.