HENRY D. MCDOWELL, Senator from the Seventeenth and Twenty eighth Districts, composed of the counties of Knox
and Morrow, Holmes and Wayne, is thirty two years of age. He was born on the Summit of the eternal hills, that
slope down with rough and rugged sides, and form what is known as the Valley of Black Creek, through which a stream,
bearing that name, passes, in the western part of Holmes county, Ohio; and hence the sobriquet of "Black creeker."
Here he spent the greater part of his boyhood in the capacity of ox driver. At the age of seventeen he threw aside
the ox whip, unyoked and turned out to pasture, for the last time, this sturdy team, and entered school, at Spring
Mountain, Coshocton county, Ohio.
In 1863 he was elected Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas, in Holmes county. He was re-elected in 1866. Upon retiring
from the Clerk's office, in 1869, he went into the practice of law. He was elected to the Ohio Senate in 1871.
Mr. McDowell is of Irish extraction. He was married in the year 1862 to Miss Rachel Ferrel, of Holmes county, Ohio.
He is the youngest member, but one, of the present Senate, is a firm, tenacious Democrat, a ready talker, and ranks
among the best debaters in the present Senate.
Mr. McDowell has been successful in his profession, and has earned for himself the confidence of his friends, his
success being entirely the fruits of his own energy, integrity and industry.
Biographical Sketches of the
State Officers and of the members
of the Sixtieth General Assembly
of the State of Ohio.
By: W. Sarwin Crabb.
Ohio State Journal Book and Job Rooms.
Columbus, Ohio 1872
Ohio State Officials and the 60th General Assembly
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