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McDOWELL, Joseph, (father of Joseph Jefferson McDowell and cousin of Joseph McDowell [1758–1799]), a Representative from North Carolina; born in Winchester, Va., February 15, 1756; moved to North Carolina with his parents in 1758; attended the common schools and Washington College (now Washington and Lee University), Lexington, Va.; served against the Indians on the frontier and later took an active part in the Revolution, attaining the rank of colonel; engaged in planting; elected to the Continental Congress in 1787, but did not attend; delegate to the State constitutional convention which ratified the Constitution of the United States in 1789; member of the State house of commons in 1791 and 1792; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1794 to the Fourth Congress; elected as a Republican to the Fifth Congress (March 4, 1797-March 3, 1799); was not a candidate for renomination in 1798; moved to Kentucky in 1800, but returned to North Carolina in 1801; died at his brother's home at Quaker Meadows, near Morganton, Burke County, N.C., February 5, 1801; interment in Quaker Meadow Cemetery, on his father's plantation, near Morganton, N.C.

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Papers: 1845, 1 item. A letter from Joseph J. McDowell to the Secretary of Navy, asks that a certain name be added to the applicants for a navy vacancy, but that Mr. Kautz (perhaps August Valentine Kautz, 1828-1895, from Brown County, Ohio, later Colonel, 2nd O.V.C., and Brigadier-General in U.S. Army) be given the first vacancy that occurs.
Papers: In the Ezekiel Brown Papers, 1843-1849, 31 items. The papers include letters about politics, business and family affairs from Joseph J. McDowell, Member of Congress, as well as others.
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