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John Goodchild Dow (May 6, 1905 – March 11, 2003) was an American business executive, government administrator, and politician from New York. He was most notable for his service as a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from 1965 to 1969 and 1971 to 1973.

John G. Dow
John G. Dow.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 27th district
In office
January 3, 1971 – January 3, 1973
Preceded byMartin B. McKneally
Succeeded byHoward W. Robison
In office
January 3, 1965 – January 3, 1969
Preceded byKatharine St. George
Succeeded byMartin B. McKneally
Personal details
John Goodchild Dow

(1905-05-06)May 6, 1905
New York City, New York
DiedMarch 11, 2003(2003-03-11) (aged 97)
Suffern, New York
Political partyDemocratic
EducationHarvard University
Columbia University

Early lifeEdit

Dow was born in New York City, the son of Elizabeth (Goodchild) and architect, artist, and author Joy Wheeler Dow.[1] He was raised in New Jersey and Kennebunkport, Maine, and attended Brown University.[1] He later transferred to Harvard University, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in government in 1927.[1]

Dow was a business executive and consultant from 1929 to 1964, and specialized in strategic planning and systems analysis for large corporations.[1] He received a Master of Arts degree in political science from Columbia University in 1937.[1] From 1950 to 1964, Dow was the director of civil defense in Grand View, New York.[1] From 1964 to 1965, he was chairman of Grand View's zoning board of appeals.[1]

Active in politics as a Democrat, Dow ran unsuccessfully for the New York State Senate in 1954, the New York State Assembly in 1956, and Town Supervisor of Orangetown, New York in 1963.


Dow was elected to Congress in 1964, defeating 18-year incumbent Katharine St. George.[1] He was reelected in 1966, and served from January 3, 1965 to January 3, 1969.[1] He was a delegate to the 1968 Democratic National Convention. He unsuccessfully ran for re-election to the U.S. House in 1968, losing to Republican Martin B. McKneally.[1] From 1968 to 1970, Dow worked on the staff of the U.S. House. In 1970, he defeated McKneally and served in Congress a second time from January 3, 1971 until January 3, 1973.[1]

Later careerEdit

In 1972, Dow was redistricted into New York's 26th congressional district following publication of the 1970 United States Census; he lost his re-election bid to Republican Benjamin A. Gilman.[2] Dow was assistant director of New York State's comprehensive employment training act program from 1976 to 1982, and was the founder of Americans Against Nuclear War in 1980.[2] He unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 1974, 1982 and 1990.


Dow and his wife dealt in antiques, and were regular participants in antique shows throughout the northeast United States.[1] Dow was also a landscape painter, and his works were exhibited at the Edward Hopper House in Nyack, New York and other galleries.[1]


He died in Suffern, New York on March 11, 2003.[1]


The post office in Tappan, New York was named the John G. Dow Post Office Building in 2003.


In 1930, Dow married Harriet (maiden name Dow) of Maine (1906-2001).[1][3] Their children included Thomas, Timothy, Diantha, and Sophia.[1][3]




  • "Obituary, John G. Dow". The Journal News. White Plains, NY. March 14, 2003.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  • "Death Notice, John G. Dow". The Washington Post. Washington, DC. March 15, 2003.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Katharine St. George
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 27th congressional district

Succeeded by
Martin B. McKneally
Preceded by
Martin B. McKneally
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 27th congressional district

Succeeded by
Howard W. Robison
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Mike Mansfield
Oldest Living United States Representative
(Sitting or Former)

October 5, 2001 – March 11, 2003
Succeeded by
Augustus F. Hawkins