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James McDowell (October 13, 1795-August 24, 1851) Congressman and Governor of Virginia, 1843-1846. Jump to: navigation, search October 13 is the 286th day of the year (287th in leap years). ... 1795 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search August 24 is the 236th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (237th in leap years), with 129 days remaining. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1851 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... A Congressman or Congresswoman (generically, Congressperson) is a politician who is a member of a Congress. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Governor of Virginia serves as the chief executive of the Commonwealth of Virginia for a four-year term. ...


McDowell was born at “Cherry Grove,” near Rockbridge County, Virginia, October 13, 1795. He attended a classical school at Greenville, Virginia, a private school at Brownsburg, Washington College (now Washington and Lee University), Lexington, Virginia, and Yale College He graduated from Princeton College in 1817 and studied law. He was admitted to the bar but did not practice. He was a member of the State house of delegates 1831-1835 and again in 1838. He was chosen as Governor of Virginia in 1843. He was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-ninth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of William Taylor. He was reelected to the Thirtieth and Thirty-first Congresses and served from March 6, 1846, to March 3, 1851. McDowell died on his estate “Colalto” near Lexington, August 24, 1851. He was interred in Presbyterian Cemetery. Rockbridge County is a county located in the state of Virginia. ... Greenville is a census-designated place located in Augusta County, Virginia. ... Jump to: navigation, search Washington and Lee University is a private liberal arts college in Lexington, Rockbridge County, Virginia, located very close to Virginia Military Institute. ... Lexington is an independent city within the confines of Rockbridge County in the state of Virginia. ... Yale can refer to: Yale University, one of the United States oldest and most famous universities. ... Princeton University, located in Princeton, New Jersey, is one of the eight Ivy League universities, and is widely recognized as one of the most prestigious institutions in the world. ... 1817 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search March 6 is the 65th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (66th in Leap years). ... 1846 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search March 3 is the 62nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (63rd in leap years). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1851 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ...


This article incorporates facts obtained from the public domain Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. The public domain comprises the body of all creative works and other knowledge—writing, artwork, music, science, inventions, and others—in which no person or organization has any proprietary interest. ... The Biographical Directory of the United States Congress is a biographical dictionary of all members of both houses of the United States Congress, past and present. ...

Preceded by:
John Munford Gregory
Governor of Virginia
1843–1846
Succeeded by:
William "Extra Billy" Smith

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James S. McDowell, Sergeant, United States Army (658 words)
James S. McDowell will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery, a fitting place for a man who loved his country so much that he lied about his age to fight in World War I. He was only 15 in 1916 when he told Army enlisters he was 19.
McDowell was smart enough to fool military officials, and wise enough not to tell his parents what he had done until he arrived at Camp Wilson in San Antonio, Texas.
McDowell is survived by sons James of Inverness, Florida, Raymond of McKees Rocks, Thomas of Port Richie, Florida, and Robert of Brownwood, Texas; daughters Arlene Stiglic of Torrance, California, Edythe Goran of Coral Gables, Florida, and Diane Klotzbaugh of Accident, Maryland; 16 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
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