McDOWELL, Joseph Jefferson, (1800 - 1877)

McDOWELL, Joseph Jefferson, (son of Joseph McDowell), a Representative from Ohio; born in Burke (now McDowell) County, N.C., November 13, 1800; moved to Kentucky with his mother in 1805 and to Augusta County, Va., in 1817; pursued preparatory studies; engaged in agricultural pursuits; moved to Highland County, Ohio, in 1824 and continued agricultural pursuits; moved to Hillsboro, Highland County, in 1829 and engaged in mercantile pursuits; member of the State house of representatives in 1832; served in the State senate in 1833; appointed brigadier general of the State militia in 1834; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1835 and commenced the practice of his profession in Hillsboro, Ohio; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1840 to the Twenty-seventh Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1847); chairman, Committee on Accounts (Twenty-eighth Congress); resumed the practice of law and also engaged in agricultural pursuits; died in Hillsboro, Ohio, January 17, 1877; interment in Hillsboro Cemetery.