Edward Dowse

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Edward Dowse
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 13th district
In office
March 4, 1819 – May 26, 1820
Preceded byNathaniel Ruggles
Succeeded byWilliam Eustis
Personal details
Born(1756-10-22)October 22, 1756
Charlestown, Province of Massachusetts Bay, British America
DiedSeptember 3, 1828(1828-09-03) (aged 71)
Dedham, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic-Republican

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.[1][2] He purchased five acres of land on both sides of the Middle Post Road, today known as High Street.[1][2] 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.[1]

During his 1817 tour of the country, President James Monroe visited Dedham and stayed in Dowse's home.[2]

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.[3] He died in Dedham on September 3, 1828. He is interred in the Old Village Cemetery.[4]


  1. ^ The house he built was "the large, yellow house adjoining the Dedham Medical Associates Building" in 1976.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Worthington, Erastus (January 1898). "The Frigate Constitution and the Avery Oak". The Dedham Historical Register. IX (1): 1–5.
  2. ^ a b c d Hanson 1976, p. 201.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Smith 1936, p. 146.

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Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts district 13
March 4, 1819 – May 26, 1820
Succeeded by