|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Massachusetts's 13th district
March 4, 1819 – May 26, 1820
|Preceded by||Nathaniel Ruggles|
|Succeeded by||William Eustis|
|Born||October 22, 1756|
Charlestown, Province of Massachusetts Bay, British America
|Died||September 3, 1828 (aged 71)|
Dedham, Massachusetts, U.S.
Edward Dowse (October 22, 1756 – September 3, 1828) was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts. Born in Charlestown in the Province of Massachusetts Bay, Dowse moved to Dedham in March 1798 to escape the yellow fever epidemic in Boston. He purchased five acres of land on both sides of the Middle Post Road, today known as High Street. He lived in an already existing house at first, and then built a home on the land in 1804.[a] His brother-in-law was Samuel Nicholson, the first captain of USS Constitution.
After the Revolution, he became a shipmaster and engaged in the East Indian and China carrying trade. Dowse was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Sixteenth Congress and served from March 4, 1819, until May 26, 1820, when he resigned. He also served as a representative to the Great and General Court in 1821. He died in Dedham on September 3, 1828. He is interred in the Old Village Cemetery.
- The house he built was "the large, yellow house adjoining the Dedham Medical Associates Building" in 1976.
- Worthington, Erastus (January 1898). "The Frigate Constitution and the Avery Oak". The Dedham Historical Register. IX (1): 1–5.
- Hanson 1976, p. 201.
- Worthington, Erastus (1827). The History of Dedham: From the Beginning of Its Settlement, in September 1635, to May 1827. Dutton and Wentworth. pp. 106–107. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
- Smith 1936, p. 146.
- Smith, Frank (1936). A History of Dedham, Massachusetts. Transcript Press, Incorporated. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
- Hanson, Robert Brand (1976). Dedham, Massachusetts, 1635-1890. Dedham Historical Society.
- United States Congress. "Edward Dowse (id: D000477)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
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