Representative John Ralph MCDOWELL

YEARS 1902-1957
OFFICE Representative
STATE Pennsylvania
WHICH CONGRESS SERVED 76th (1939-1941), 80th (1947-1949)

Representative John Ralph MCDOWELL Biography

McDOWELL, John Ralph, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Pitcairn, Allegheny County, Pa., November 6, 1902; attended the public and high schools; was graduated from Randolph-Macon Military Academy, Front Royal, Va., in 1923; employed as a reporter on the Pitcairn Express in 1923 and worked on various newspapers until 1929; magistrate of Pitcairn 1925-1928; became editor of the Wilkinsburg Gazette in 1929 and president of the Wilkinsburg Gazette Publishing Co., in 1933; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-sixth Congress (January 3, 1939-January 3, 1941); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1940 to the Seventy-seventh Congress and for election in 1942 to the Seventy-eighth Congress; elected in 1946 to the Eightieth Congress (January 3, 1947-January 3, 1949); unsuccessful for reelection in 1948 to the Eighty-first Congress; resumed the publishing business; died in Wilkinsburg, Pa., December 11, 1957; interment in Woodlawn Cemetery. View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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