69th Congress Pictorial Directory, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
DOWELL, Cassius Clay (1864-1940)

DOWELL, CASSIUS CLAY, a Representative from Iowa; born on a farm near Summerset, Warren County, Iowa, February 29, 1864; attended the public schools, Baptist College at Des Moines, Iowa, and Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa; graduated from the liberal arts department of Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, in 1886 and from its law department in 1887; admitted to the bar in 1888 and commenced practice in Des Moines; member of the Iowa state house of representatives, 1894-1898; served in the Iowa state senate, 1902-1912; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-fourth and to the nine succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1915-January 3, 1935); chairman, Committee on Elections No. 3 (Sixty-sixth and Sixty-seventh Congresses), Committee on Roads (Sixty-eighth through Seventy-first Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Seventy-fourth Congress in 1934; resumed the practice of law in Des Moines; elected to the Seventy-fifth and Seventy-sixth Congresses and served from January 3, 1937, until his death in Washington, D.C., February 4, 1940 (January 3, 1937-February 4, 1940); interment in Woodland Cemetery, Des Moines, Iowa; reinterred on June 17, 1941, in Glendale Cemetery, Des Moines, Iowa.

University of Iowa Libraries
Special Collections Department
Iowa City, IA
Papers: In the A.A. Reams "Establishment of Fort Des Moines," 1938, 11 leaves.
A collection of materials related to action taken by Congress in 1846 to grant land on which Fort Des Moines was situated to Polk County. Also included are surveyors notes on Polk County Township 78 N, Range 24 West. The collection includes correspondence between A.A. Reams and Iowa?s 6th district representative to the U.S. Congress, Cassius C. Dowell.

Papers: In the Milo Reno Papers, ca. 1927-1959, 3 linear feet.
Correspondents include Cassius C. Dowell. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

  • United States. 76th Cong., 3d sess., 1940. House. Memorial services held in the House of Representatives of the United States, together with remarks presented in eulogy of Cassius Clay Dowell, late a Representative from Iowa. Seventy-sixth Congress, third session. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1941.