Abraham DOWDNEY, Congress, NY (1841-1886)


DOWDNEY, Abraham, a Representative from New York; born in Youghal, Ireland, October 31, 1841; immigrated to the United States with his parents, who settled in New York City; attended private schools; engaged in the building and contracting business; served in the Civil War as captain in the One Hundred and Thirty-second Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry, in 1862 and 1863; chairman of the public-school trustees of New York City 1882-1885; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-ninth Congress and served from March 4, 1885, until his death in New York City December 10, 1886; interment in Calvary Cemetery, Long Island City, N.Y.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present