Joseph "Pleasant Gardens" McDowell

Joseph McDowell ( born February 25, 1758 Morganton, North Carolina, † March 7, 1799 ) was an American politician. Between 1793 and 1795 he represented the State of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Joseph McDowell was a cousin of the same name Congressman Joseph McDowell ( 1756-1801 ). Since resemble the biographies of the two identical names relatives very much, it was often confusion between them. For differentiation is provided in the literature of the elder Joseph McDowell, nicknamed " Pleasant Gardens ", while his cousin as Joseph " Quaker Meadows " McDowell went down in history.

McDowell attended the public schools in Winchester ( Virginia). During the Revolutionary War he was a major in the Continental Army and General of the militia. After studying law and his 1791 was admitted as a lawyer, he began to work in his new profession. Politically, he has been active since the mid- 1780s. Between 1785 and 1792, he was a member of the House of Representatives from North Carolina. He was a political opponent of the incumbent since 1789 the Federal Government under President George Washington ( Anti- Administration).

In the congressional elections of 1792 McDowell was elected in the third constituency of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he became the successor of Hugh Williamson on March 4, 1793. Since he declined a re- nomination in 1794, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1795. After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives McDowell practiced as a lawyer again. He also worked in agriculture. In 1796 he was member of a commission which established the border between the states of North Carolina and Tennessee. He died on March 7, 1799 at his estate " Pleasant Gardens " in what is now named after him, McDowell County.