John Dowdy
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John Dowdy
John Dowdy
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 2nd district

January 3, 1967 - January 3, 1973
Jack Brooks
Charlie Wilson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 7th district

September 23, 1952 - January 3, 1967
Tom Pickett
George H. W. Bush
Personal details
Born(1912-02-11)February 11, 1912
Waco, Texas
DiedApril 12, 1995(1995-04-12) (aged 83)
Athens, Texas
Political partyDemocratic
Dowdy's former residence in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

John Vernard Dowdy (February 11, 1912 - April 12, 1995)[1] was an American politician. Dowdy was a Democratic member of the House of Representatives from the 7th District of Texas from 1952 to 1967 and then served as a congressman from the 2nd District of Texas until 1973, when he decided to retire under indictment for bribery.

According to prosecutors, he accepted a $25,000 bribe to intervene in the federal investigation of Monarch Construction Company of Silver Spring, Maryland. In 1971, Dowdy was convicted on eight counts: two of conspiracy, one of transporting a bribe over state lines, and five of perjury.[2] In 1973, after Dowdy retired from Congress, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Virginia, overturned the bribery and conspiracy convictions. Dowdy still served a sentence in prison for perjury.[3][4]

Dowdy was one of four U.S. Congressmen from Texas to originally sign the "Southern Manifesto," a resolution in protest of the United States Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education.[5]

Right-wing groups rallied to his defense, including the Washington Observer and the Liberty Lobby, which contended Dowdy was the victim of a "vicious frame-up by the Justice Department in collaboration with a clique of housing racketeers." The ulterior motive, according to the newspaper, was to stop Dowdy's subcommittee investigation of the fraud at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.[6]

Dowdy was born in Waco, Texas, and lived in Texas for most of his life. He was a lawyer before entering politics. He died in Athens, Texas.

Committee assignments

  • 83rd Congress -- Post Office and Civil Service.
  • 84th Congress -- Post Office and Civil Service, House Administration.
  • 85th through 92nd Congresses -- Judiciary, District of Columbia Subcommittee.

See also


  1. ^ "Biographical Directory of Congress". Retrieved .
  2. ^ iPad iPhone Android TIME TV Populist The Page (1972-01-10). ", January 10, 1972, "Trials:Congressman Convicted"". Retrieved .
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ "Southern Manifesto on Integration (March 12, 1956)". WNET. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ Washington Observer, April 15, 1973.

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