Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
DOWDY, John Vernard (1912-1995)

DOWDY, JOHN VERNARD, a Representative from Texas; born in Waco, McLennan County, Tex., February 11, 1912; graduated from high school in Henderson, Tex., 1928; attended the College of Marshall (now East Texas Baptist University), 1929-1931; private study of law; court reporter, 1931-1944; lawyer, private practice; district attorney, third judicial district of Texas, 1945-1952; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-second Congress by special election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative Tom Pickett, and reelected to the ten succeeding Congresses (September 23, 1952-January 3, 1973); was not a candidate for reelection to the Ninety-third Congress in 1972; died on April 12, 1995, in Athens, Tex.

Baylor University
Baylor Collections of Political Materials
Waco, TX
Papers: ca. 1920s - 1995, approximatley 298 linear feet.
The papers of John Vernard Dowdy contain personal and congressional papers and correspondence, including motion picture film, video tape, and some material from his work as district attorney (1945-1952). An index is available in the repository and online: