James McDowell, III (1795 - 1851)

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Birthplace: Rockridge, Virginia, United States
Death: Died in Rockridge, Virginia, United States
Occupation: Politician
Managed by: Michael Joseph Gerst
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About James McDowell, III

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_McDowell

James McDowell (October 13, 1795–August 24, 1851) was a U.S. Congressman and Governor of Virginia, 1843–1846.

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 "Col Alto" near Lexington, August 24, 1851. He was interred in Presbyterian Cemetery.

McDowell was the brother-in-law of senator Thomas Hart Benton. McDowell County, West Virginia was formed in 1858 and named in honor of Governor McDowell.

http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/m/McDowell,James.html

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James McDowell, Governor's Timeline

1795
October 13, 1795
Rockridge, Virginia, United States
1818
September 7, 1818
Age 22
Washington, Virginia
1820
March 21, 1820
Age 24
Rockbridge, VA
1822
1822
Age 26
Virginia, United States
1824
1824
Age 28
Virginia
1827
July 14, 1827
Age 31
Virginia
1830
February 16, 1830
Age 34
Rockbridge, VA
1832
April 16, 1832
Age 36
Virginia
1832
Age 36
Rockbridge, VA
1834
July 5, 1834
Age 38
Virginia