James Ferguson Dowdell (1818-1871)

President, East Alabama Male College (186?-1871)

A native of Georgia, Dowdell practiced law in that state before he moved to Chambers County, Alabama, in 1846. In 1852 he was elected as an Alabama representative to the United States Congress, where he served three terms. 

Following the Civil War, Dowdell served as president of the East Alabama Male College. He died in the same year that the board of trustees of that institution transferred its assets to the state of Alabama for the purpose of establishing a land-grant college in Auburn.


Inventory of the President's Records
Listing of the records generated by the President and his office during his tenure.  Arranged by subject.
Synopsis of the President's Annual Reports to the Board of Trustees
Chronicles the significant events of the President's term in office, including the activities of the schools and departments.
Synopsis of the Minutes of the Board of Trustees for the President's term
Provides another view of the events treated by the President in his Annual Reports.
Synopsis of the President's Correspondence
Letters between the President of the University and various political leaders within Alabama.  Provides insight into how the school has maneuvered through the state's political system.

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