|46th Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates|
|Preceded by||J. Sinclair Brown|
|Succeeded by||Thomas B. Stanley|
|Succeeded by||Paul Whittington Crockett|
June 8, 1885|
Madison County, Virginia
|Died||October 28, 1949
|Resting place||Cedar Grove Cemetery, Williamsburg, Virginia|
|Alma mater||University of Virginia
Marshall-Wythe School of Law
|Battles/wars||World War I|
Dovell was born in Madison County, Virginia to Early Beauregard and Lucy Bond Dovell. He received a B.A. degree from the University of Virginia and a LL.D from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, after which he settled in Williamsburg, Virginia to practice law. He served for a time as city attorney of Williamsburg.
Dovell was the first president of the Rotary Club of Williamsburg, Virginia, chartered on 18 October 1924.
Dovell was elected in 1923 to a House of Delegates district that included Williamsburg and four neighboring counties on the Virginia Peninsula. He became Speaker in 1936. His House career ended in early 1942.
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- "Peninsula Post No. 39; Williamsburg, Virginia; American Legion, 1924". Retrieved 2009-01-29.
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- "Past Presidents of Virginia State Bar". Virginia State Bar. Archived from the original on 15 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-29.
- Jamerson, Bruce F., Clerk of the House of Delegates, supervising (2007). Speakers and Clerks of the Virginia House of Delegates, 1776-2007. Richmond, Virginia: Virginia House of Delegates.