James Ferguson Dowdell

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James Ferguson Dowdell
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President of Auburn University
In office
1868–1870
Preceded by William J. Sasnett
Succeeded by Isaac T. Tichenor
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1855 – March 3, 1859
Preceded by Sampson W. Harris
Succeeded by David Clopton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1853 – March 3, 1855
Preceded by Alexander White
Succeeded by Sampson W. Harris
Personal details
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]

Biography[edit]

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]

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Alexander White
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 7th congressional district

March 4, 1853 – March 3, 1855
Succeeded by
Sampson W. Harris
Preceded by
Sampson W. Harris
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 3rd congressional district

March 4, 1855 – March 3, 1859
Succeeded by
David Clopton
Academic offices
Preceded by
William J. Sasnett
President of Auburn University
1866–1872
Succeeded by
Isaac T. Tichenor