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Justice Dowling was born December 19, 1839, in Hillsboro, Virginia,144 and died December 11, 1917, in New Albany, Indiana.145
He received his early education in the New Albany public schools.146 After completion of his formative education, he entered the law office of Otto & Davis and studied law there until he was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1858.147 Between 1860 and 1868, he served two terms as prosecutor and city attorney for New Albany.148 He was offered an appointment to the Indiana Supreme Court bench in 1891, but declined it.149 He was later elected to an Indiana Supreme Court seat and served from January 2, 1899 to January 2, 1905.150
144. 1 MONKS, supra note 25, at 283.
145. 1 WHO WAS WHO 337 (Marquis 1943).
146. 1 MONKS, supra note 25, at 283.
147. 1 id.
148. 1 id.
149. 1 id.
150. 1 id.; but see 1 WHO WAS WHO, supra note 145, at 337 (listing Dowling's Indiana Supreme Court service as 1898-1904).
Source: Browning, Minde C., Richard Humphrey, and Bruce Kleinschmidt. "Biographical Sketches of Indiana Supreme Court Justices." Indiana Law Review: Vol. 30, No. 1, 1997. View this source in PDF format.