McDOWELL, James, a Representative from Virginia; born at Cherry Grove, near Rockbridge County,
Va., October 13, 1795; attended a classical school at Greenville, Va., a private school at Brownsburg,
Washington College (now Washington and Lee University), Lexington, Va., and Yale College; was
graduated from Princeton College in 1817; studied law; was admitted to the bar but did not practice;
member of the State house of delegates 1831-1835 and again in 1838; Governor of Virginia
1843-1846; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-ninth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the
death of William Taylor; reelected to the Thirtieth and Thirty-first Congresses and served from March
6, 1846, to March 3, 1851; died on his estate Colalto near Lexington, Va., August 24, 1851;
interment in Presbyterian Cemetery.
BibliographyCollier, James Glen. The Political Career of James
McDowell, 1830-1851.'' Ph.D. diss., University of North Carolina, 1963.