|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from New York's 12th district
March 4, 1885 - December 10, 1886
|William Bourke Cockran|
|Born||October 31, 1841|
|Died||December 10, 1886 (aged 45)|
New York City, New York
|Resting place||Calvary Cemetery, Queens, New York|
|Branch/service|| United States Army|
|Unit||132nd New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
Born in Youghal, County Cork, Ireland, he emigrated to the United States with his parents, who settled in New York City. He attended private schools, engaged in the building and contracting business, and served in the Civil War as a captain in the 132nd New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment in 1862 and 1863. His regiment served primarily in Virginia and North Carolina with the XVIII Corps.
Dowdney was chairman of the public school trustees of New York City from 1882 to 1885. He was elected as a Democrat to the 49th Congress and served from March 4, 1885 until his death in New York City in 1886 at the age of 45. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery, Long Island City.
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