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Joseph Ewing Mcdonald

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Joseph Ewing Mcdonald, American senator. member United States House of Representatives from Indiana, 31st Congress, 1849-1851; member United States Senate from Indiana, 1875-1881.

Background

Mcdonald, Joseph Ewing was born on August 29, 1819 in Butler County, Ohio, United States. Son of John and Eleanor (Piatt) Mcdonald.

Education

Graduate Asbury College (now De Pauw U.), 1840.

Career

Moved to Montgomery County, Indiana, 1826. Admitted to Indiana bar, 1843. Prosecuting attorney LaFayette (Indiana) Circuit, 1843-1847.

Practiced law, Crawfordsville, Indiana, 1847-1859. Member United States House of Representatives from Indiana, 31st Congress, 1849-1851. Attorney general Indiana, 1856, 58.

Chairman Indiana Democratic State Committee, 1874. Member United States Senate from Indiana, 1875-1881, member special commission to investigate frauds in Southern states that occasioned Hayes-Tilden election dispute.

Membership

Member United States House of Representatives from Indiana, 31st Congress, 1849-1851. Member United States Senate from Indiana, 1875-1881.

Connections

Married Nancy Ruth Buell, December 25, 1844. Married second, Araminta Vance, September 15, 1874.

father:
John Mcdonald

mother:
Eleanor (Piatt) Mcdonald

spouses:
Nancy Ruth Buell

Araminta Vance