Judge Henry Clay McDowell Jr.

Henry Clay  Jr. was born on the24th of August, 1861 and died in 1933.  He married Elsie Clay on the 5th of July, 1893.
He was the son of Henry Clay McDowell Sr. who was born on the 9th of February, 1832 in Virginia and died on the 8th of November, 1899 in Kentucky.
Henry Clay Sr. was the son of William Adair McDowell and Maria(Mariah) Hawkins Hervy.
Captain McDowell Sr, later promoted to Major, was one of the first Kentuckians to join with the forces of the Union Army.
He and wife Annette(Anne) Clay made their home at Ashland which is located in Lexington, Kentucky.  Ashland was the original home of Henry Clay 1777 - 1852 the well-known 'Statesman' and 'Orator'.


Taken from The Lexington, Kentucky Herald
November, 19, 1911

JUDGE MCDOWELL MAY BE HARLAN SUCCESSOR
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He will be Considered if Appointment is to go to the South
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NATIVE OF LEXINGTON
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Distinguished Virginian is Also Being Backed for Vice Presidency
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(Richmond, (VA)  Times Dispatch.)
Washington, November 14 - It is strongly hinted here today that if President Taft chooses a successor to the late Justice John Marshall Harlan, from the South, for the Supreme Court bench, that he will give due consideration to the name of Judge Henry Clay McDowell of Lynchburg.  Not only this, but it is also said that the name of Judge McDowell is shortly to be considered by leading men in the Republican party for second place on the Republican ticket., to be named at the next nominating convention.  There are two good reasons assigned for such a statement.

Judge McDowell is a great grandson of Henry Clay of Kentucky, and a grandson of Henry Clay, Lieutenant Colonel of a Kentucky regiment, who was killed at the battle of Buena Vista. He was born and raised at Ashland, Henry Clay's old home, which his mother still owns and where she now resides.

The early life of Judge McDowell, both while he was pursuing his education at the University of Virginia and later, when he located and practiced law at Big Stone Gap, is well known to the people of Virginia.  He was appointed United States judge for the Western District of Virginia of former President Roosevelt, and his work on the bench has shown him eminently qualified to go higher and secure a seat on the bench of the United States Supreme Court, if a Southerner is to be chosen.

The idea of naming Judge McDowell for second place on the presidential ticket came about, it is said, through the desire of President Taft and party leaders to offset their probable loss of Ohio be gaining, if possible, either Virginia, Tennessee, or Kentucky coming from the very corner of the State, where Kentucky and Virginia meet.  The Republican  leaders believe that they have partially solved the problem if they name Judge McDowell, and thus get the delegates from those States.

Although it is not known here whether Judge McDowell would consent to becoming a candidate for the vice-presidential nomination, there is little doubt, his friends say, that he would gladly go on the Supreme Court bench would the place be tendered him.  The latter is thought to be the most likely of the two propositions. It has been many years since Virginia has had a seat on the Supreme Court bench, and, aside from any consideration which the President may give the claims of Judge McDowell, it has been understood here since the death of Justice Harlan that a Virginian might be named as his successor.

Just as soon as President Taft can get an accumulation of work out of the way, due to his long absence from the White House, he will take up the matter of naming Justice Harlan's successor, although it may not be until after Christmas holidays that any positive announcement in the matter is made.  In the meantime Judge McDowell's friends, according to what is learned here today, will press his name for consideration.

signed:  P. H. M'G.



 

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