DOWELL, Cassius Clay, (1864 - 1940)


DOWELL, Cassius Clay, a Representative from Iowa; born on a farm near Summerset, Warren County, Iowa, February 29, 1864; attended the public schools, Baptist College at Des Moines, Iowa, and Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa; was graduated from the liberal arts department of Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, in 1886 and from its law department in 1887; was admitted to the bar in 1888 and commenced practice in Des Moines; member of the State house of representatives 1894-1898; served in the State senate 1902-1912; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-fourth and to the nine succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1915-January 3, 1935); chairman, Committee on Elections No. 3 (Sixty-sixth and Sixty-seventh Congresses), Committee on Roads (Sixty-eighth through Seventy-first Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1934 to the Seventy-fourth Congress; resumed the practice of law in Des Moines; elected to the Seventy-fifth and Seventy-sixth Congresses and served from January 3, 1937, until his death in Washington, D.C., February 4, 1940; interment in Woodland Cemetery, Des Moines, Iowa.