Biography of J. Lowman McDowell
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McDowell, J. Lowman, born in the town of Chemung, March 24, 1822, is a son of John G. and a grandson of Daniel McDowell, the latter a pioneer of this county. Of the four sons reared by John G. the subject of this sketch is the second, and only three of the family are now living. J. Lowman McDowell received an academic education and spent his early life as a merchant and a miller at Chemung, coming to Elmira in 1838, and engaged in his present business. He was county treasurer from 1882 to 1888, a member of the Board of Education from 1872 to 1876, and was nominated for State senator on the Democratic ticket in 1867, but was defeated by John I. Nicks. Mr. McDowell was candidate for county clerk in 1890 and was defeated by Mr. Fitch. He was chairman of the Democratic County Committee for six years under Tilden, Robinson, and to Mr. Cleveland's election. He is a Mason of the Royal Arch degree and a prominent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. McDowell married, in 1847, Frances, daughter of O. D. Boyd. She died in 1873, leaving two Sons and a daughter. One son, Edward, died at the age of sixteen years; the daughter is the wife of E. J. Baldwin. Mr. McDowell married, second, in 1875, at Elmira, Mrs. Clara Edsall, nee Jones.

From:
Our County and its people
A History of the Valley and County of Chemung
BY: Ausburn Towner
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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