Abraham Dowdney

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Abraham Dowdney, New York Congressman

Abraham Dowdney (October 31, 1841 – December 10, 1886) was a United States Representative from New York, as well as an officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War.


Born in Youghal, County Cork, Ireland, he immigrated to the United States with his parents, who settled in New York City. He attended private schools, engaged in the building and contracting business, and served in the Civil War as a captain in the One Hundred and Thirty-second Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry, in 1862 and 1863. He served primarily in Virginia and North Carolina within the XVIII Corps.

Dowdney was chairman of the public-school trustees of New York City from 1882 to 1885, and was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-ninth Congress and served from March 4, 1885, until his death in New York City in 1886 at the age of 45. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery, Long Island City.

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 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Waldo Hutchins
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 12th congressional district

March 4, 1885 – December 10, 1886
Succeeded by
William Bourke Cockran