James Ferguson Dowdell

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James Ferguson Dowdell
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President of the Auburn University
Term 1868 – 1870
Predecessor William J. Sasnett
Successor Isaac T. Tichenor
Born (1818-11-26)November 26, 1818
near Monticello, Georgia
Died September 6, 1871(1871-09-06) (aged 52)
Auburn, Alabama

James Ferguson Dowdell (November 26, 1818 – September 6, 1871) was the second President of the East Alabama College, now known as Auburn University, from 1868 to 1870, and a U.S. Representative from Alabama.[1][2]


James Ferguson Dowdell was born on November 26, 1818, near Monticello, Georgia.[1] Dowdell completed preparatory studies and in 1840 and graduated from Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia.[1] He studied law.[1] He was admitted to the bar in 1841 and commenced practice in Greenville, Georgia.[1] He moved to Oak Bowery, Alabama, in 1846 and engaged in agricultural pursuits.[1] He was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the State house of representatives in 1849 and 1851.[1]

Dowdell was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-third, Thirty-fourth, and Thirty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1853 – March 3, 1859).[1][3] During the Civil War he served as colonel of the Thirty-seventh Regiment, Alabama Volunteer Infantry, under General Price from 1862 until the close of the war.[1][2]

From 1868 to 1870, he served as the second President of the East Alabama College, now known as Auburn University.[1][2][3]


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Academic offices
Preceded by
William J. Sasnett
President of Auburn University
Succeeded by
Isaac T. Tichenor