Henry Clay McDowell

Senior Judge, Western District of Virginia

Henry Clay McDowell served as a judge for the Western District of Virginia. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, McDowell began practicing law in Big Stone Gap, Virginia until 1894. From 1887 to 1901, McDowell concentrated his private practice in Lynchburg, Virginia. On November 12, 1901, McDowell received a recess appointment to a judgeship on the Western District Court of Virginia from President Theodore Roosevelt, to a seat vacated by the death of Judge John Paul. The United States Senate confirmed his nomination on December 18, 1901. McDowell assumed senior status on September 1, 1931, and continued to serve in that capacity until his death on October 8, 1933.