Lawyer Politician

James F. McDowell

Quick Facts

IntroAmerican politician
Was Politician
From United States of America
Type Law
Birth 3 December 1825, Mifflin County
Death 18 April 1887, Marion
(aged 61 years)


James Foster McDowell (December 3, 1825 – April 18, 1887) was a U.S. Representative from Indiana.
Born in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, McDowell moved with his parents to Ohio in 1835. He attended the public schools. He worked in a printing office. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1846 and practiced. He served as prosecuting attorney of Darke County, Ohio, in 1848. He moved to Marion, Indiana, in 1851 and engaged in the practice of law. He established the Marion Journal in 1851.
McDowell was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1865). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1864 to the Thirty-ninth Congress. He served as delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1876. He engaged in the practice of law in Marion, Indiana, until his death in that city April 18, 1887. He was interred in Odd Fellows Cemetery.