POLITICAL PARTY Democrat
WHICH CONGRESS SERVED 55th (1897-1899), 56th (1899-1901)
Representative John Anderson MCDOWELL Biography
McDOWELL, John Anderson, a Representative from Ohio; born in Killbuck, Holmes County, Ohio, September 25, 1853; attended the common schools, the Millersburg High School, and Lebanon (Ohio) Normal College; was graduated from the Mount Union College, Alliance, Ohio, in 1887; taught in rural schools 1870-1877; principal of Millersburg High School 1877-1879; superintendent of Millersburg schools 1879-1896; county school examiner for twenty years; instructor in the summer school of the College of Wooster, Ohio, 1896-1917 and in the summer school of Ashland (Ohio) College in 1918; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth and Fifty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1897-March 3, 1901); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1900; superintendent of public instruction of the Ashland city schools 1908-1927; trustee of the State normal college at Kent, Ohio, 1911-1922; president of Northeastern Ohio Teachers’ Association in 1921 and of Ohio State Teachers’ Association in 1926; also interested in agricultural pursuits; died in Cleveland, Ohio, October 2, 1927; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery, Millersburg, Ohio. View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress
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