POLITICAL PARTY Democrat
WHICH CONGRESS SERVED 38th (1863-1865)
Representative James Foster MCDOWELL Biography
McDOWELL, James Foster, a Representative from Indiana; born in Mifflin County, Pa., December 3, 1825; moved with his parents to Ohio in 1835; attended the public schools; worked in a printing office; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1846 and practiced; prosecuting attorney of Darke County, Ohio, in 1848; moved to Marion, Ind., in 1851 and engaged in the practice of law; established the Marion Journal in 1851; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1863-March 3, 1865); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1864 to the Thirty-ninth Congress; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1876; engaged in the practice of law in Marion, Ind., until his death in that city April 18, 1887; interment in Odd Fellows Cemetery. View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress
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James Foster MCDOWELL Committee Assignments
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