Joseph J. McDowell

Joseph Jefferson McDowell ( born November 13, 1800 Burke County, North Carolina; † 17 January 1877 in Hillsboro, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1843 and 1847 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Born in what is now McDowell County Joseph J. McDowell was the son of the Congressman Joseph McDowell, Jr. (1756-1801) of North Carolina. In 1805 he moved with his mother to Kentucky; in 1817 he came to the Augusta County, Virginia. He attended the public schools of his respective home and then became active in agriculture. In 1824 he came to the Highland County in Ohio, where he also worked in agriculture. Since 1829 he has worked in Hillsboro commercially. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career. In 1832 he was a member of the House of Representatives from Ohio; the following year he was a member of the State Senate. In 1834 he was appointed brigadier general of state militia. After a subsequent law degree in 1835 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he started in Hillsboro to work in this profession. In 1840 he ran unsuccessfully for even the U.S. House of Representatives.

In the congressional elections of 1842 McDowell was but then in the seventh election district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of William Russell on March 4, 1843. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1847 two legislative sessions. These were shaped by the events of the Mexican-American War. From 1843 to 1845 McDowell was chairman of the Committee on Accounts.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, he worked as a lawyer and in agriculture. He died on January 17, 1877 in Hillsboro, where he was also buried.