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Cassius C. Dowell

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Cassius Clay Dowell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 7th district
In office
Preceded bySolomon F. Prouty
Succeeded byOtha Wearin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 6th district
In office
Preceded byC. William Ramseyer
Succeeded byHubert Utterback
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 6th district
In office
1937 – February 4, 1940
Preceded byHubert Utterback
Succeeded byRobert K. Goodwin
Personal details
Born(1864-02-29)February 29, 1864
Near Summerset, Warren County, Iowa, U.S.
DiedFebruary 4, 1940(1940-02-04) (aged 75)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Cause of deathHeart disease
Political partyRepublican

Cassius Clay Dowell (February 29, 1864 – February 4, 1940) was a Republican U.S. Representative from Iowa. He served from 1915 to 1935, and again from 1937 until his death in 1940, with the interregnum caused by an unsuccessful campaign for reelection in 1934.


Born on a farm near the unincorporated town of Summerset, Iowa (in Warren County, near Indianola) Dowell attended the public schools, Baptist College in Des Moines, Iowa, and Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. In 1886, he graduated from the liberal arts department of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and graduated from Drake University Law School the following year. He was admitted to the bar in 1888 and commenced practice in Des Moines.

From 1894 to 1898, Dowell served as member of the Iowa State House of Representatives. He served in the Iowa State Senate from 1902 to 1912.

In 1914, Dowell was elected as a Republican to represent Iowa's 7th congressional district. He was re-elected to this seat eight times, until reapportionment between 1930 and 1932 moved his home county into Iowa's 6th congressional district, prompting him to run for the seat in that district. He won the 1932 race by more than 13,000 votes, surviving the Roosevelt landslide. Yet he was surprised two years later, when former Iowa Supreme Court Justice Hubert Utterback upset him by over 4,000 votes. He had served nearly twenty years, in the Sixty-fourth and the nine succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1915 – January 3, 1935). He had served as chairman of the Committee on Elections (in the Sixty-sixth and Sixty-seventh Congresses), and on the Committee on Roads (in the Sixty-eighth through Seventy-first Congresses).

Dowell returned to Des Moines to practice law, and reclaimed his seat two years later in 1936, when Utterbeck ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate. Utterbeck tried to regain his House in 1938, but Dowell defeated him decisively.

Dowell filed for re-election in the 1940 race, but died due to heart disease in Washington, D.C., on February 4, 1940.[1] He was interred in Glendale Cemetery, Des Moines, Iowa.

In reporting his death, an Iowa newspaper reported that "only rarely did he participate in house debate but his influence upon legislation was strong. He was instrumental in securing veterans' hospitals for Des Moines and Knoxville, in the establishment of Camp Dodge during wartime, and in the erection of an $800,000 federal building on Des Moines' waterfront." [1]

After his death, Republican Robert K. Goodwin won the special election to complete his term, and Republican Paul Cunningham won the 1940 general election for a full term.

See also


  1. ^ a b "Dowell, Veteran Congressman of 6th District Dies," Waterloo Daily Courier, 1940-02-05, at 2.

External links

  • United States Congress. "Cassius C. Dowell (id: D000468)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Cassius C. Dowell at Find a Grave

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Solomon F. Prouty
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 7th congressional district

1915 – 1933
Succeeded by
Otha Wearin
Preceded by
C. William Ramseyer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 6th congressional district

1933 – 1935
(obsolete district)
Succeeded by
Hubert Utterback
Preceded by
Hubert Utterback
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 6th congressional district

1937 – February 4, 1940 (death)
(obsolete district)
Succeeded by
Robert K. Goodwin

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

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