03-24-21 From Congress to Colonel

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Born in the year 1818 in Monticello GA Before the war I was an Attorney in Alabama. I also represented Alabama as a Democrat, first elected to the the 33rd Congress. During the War Between the States I was Colonel of an Alabama regiment. After the war I was a college President. Who am I and what was the Alabama Regiment I was Colonel of?

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Born in the year 1818 in Monticello GA Before the war I was an Attorney in Alabama. I also represented Alabama as a Democrat, first elected to the the 33rd Congress. During the War Between the States I was Colonel of an Alabama regiment. After the war I was a college President. Who am I and what was the Alabama Regiment I was Colonel of?

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James Ferguson Dowdell (1818-1871). He commanded the 37th Alabama Infantry. After the war, he was a Professor at East Alabama Male College, (now Auburn University).
Source: Joshua Shiver, "James Ferguson Dowdell", The Encyclopedia of Alabama. http://www.encyclopediaofalabama.org/article/h-3755
 
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