Edward Dowse

For the 17th-century English politician, see Edward Dowse (MP).
Edward Dowse
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 13th district
In office
March 4, 1819  May 26, 1820
Preceded by Nathaniel Ruggles
Succeeded by William Eustis
Personal details
Born October 22, 1756
Charlestown, Massachusetts
Died September 3, 1828 (aged 71)
Dedham, Massachusetts
Political party Democratic-Republican

Edward Dowse (October 22, 1756 – September 3, 1828) was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts. Born in Charlestown, Dowse moved to Dedham in March 1798.[1] He purchased five acres of land around the Middle Post Road, today known as High Street.[1] He lived in an already existing house at first, and then built a home on the land in 1804. His brother-in-law was Samuel Nicholson, the first captain of the USS Constitution.[1]

After the Revolution, he became a shipmaster and engaged in the East Indian and China carrying trade. Dowse was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Sixteenth Congress and served from March 4, 1819, until May 26, 1820, when he resigned. He died in Dedham on September 3, 1828, and was interred in the Old Cemetery.


  1. 1 2 3 Worthington, Erastus (January 1898). "The Frigate Constitution and the Avery Oak". The Dedham Historical Register. IX (1): 1–5.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Nathaniel Ruggles
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts district 13
March 4, 1819 – May 26, 1820
Succeeded by
William Eustis
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