James M. Dower, attorney at law, is one of the well known citizens of Marengo and is a native of this county,
born in Fillmore township on the 7th of February, 1868, of the marriage of John and Elizabeth (Ward) Dower, natives
respectively of County Waterford and County Cavan, Ireland. In early life they emigrated to this country and after
living for some years in the east both located in Muscatine, Iowa, where they were later married. The father subsequently
became a farmer in Fillmore township, Iowa county, and in course of time accumulated a competence that enabled
him to live retired at Parnell. He passed away there in 1904 but his widow survived for a decade, dying in 1914
in Omaha, where she was living with a daughter.
James M. Dower was reared in this county and acquired his general education in the public schools and in the University
of Valparaiso at Valparaiso, Indiana, which institution conferred upon him the degree of B. S. in 189o. He taught
school for one year and then entered the law department of the State University of Iowa, having decided upon the
legal profession as a life work. In 1893 he received his professional degree and was admitted to the bar of the
state. He returned to his native county and located in Marengo, where he is in active practice. From 1898 to 1902
he was county attorney and carefully safeguarded the interests intrusted to his care. He has built up a large practice
and the court records show that there have been many decisions favorable to him, his success being due to his thorough
knowledge of the law, his careful preparation of cases and his power of convincing presentation of argument.
Mr. Dower was married in 1896 to Miss Mary Foley, of Anamosa, who passed away in 1906. Three years later Mr. Dower
married Miss Idella B. Kane, of Emmetsburg, Iowa, and two children have been born to this union, Elizabeth M. and
Mr. Dower is a progressive and very prominent in party circles, a fact which was attested by his selection as both
temporary and permanent chairman of the last progressive state convention. He has also served as chairman of the
county conventions. Both he and his wife hold membership in the Catholic church and take a keen interest in the
furtherance of the cause of Christianity. He has always depended upon real merit and close application to the business
at hand to win him advancement and the success that has come to him professionally is fully merited. As a man and
citizen he is also highly esteemed and his personal friends are many.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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