Joseph "Pleasant Gardens" McDowell
Joseph "Pleasant Gardens" McDowell (February 25, 1758 – March 7, 1799) was an American lawyer, soldier, and statesman from Morganton, North Carolina.
|Nickname(s)||Pleasant Gardens McDowell|
|Born||February 25, 1758|
Morganton, Rowan County, North Carolina
|Died||March 7, 1799 (aged 41)|
Burke County, North Carolina
|Place of burial|
Round Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, McDowell County, North Carolina
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/||North Carolina militia|
|Years of service||1776-1782|
|Unit||2nd Rowan County Regiment (1776-1778), Burke County Regiment (1777-1782)|
|Spouse(s)||Mary Moffet McDowell Carson|
|Relations||Colonel Joseph McDowell Jr., General Charles McDowell (cousins)|
His estate was named "Pleasant Gardens", and he was nicknamed "Pleasant Gardens Joe" to distinguish him from his cousin, Joseph "Quaker Meadows" McDowell. The two men are not always clearly distinguished in historical records: both were at the 1780 Battle of Kings Mountain, one as a major leading the Burke County militia, and the other in a subordinate role as a captain. Although "Quaker Meadows" Joe is usually hailed as the Major McDowell who was the hero of the battle, some descendants of "Pleasant Gardens Joe" maintain that it was their ancestor who led the Burke County militia, a claim which is contradicted by contemporary evidence.
"Pleasant Gardens" McDowell was later appointed a North Carolina militia general, and served in the 3rd United States Congress from 1793 to 1795. However, these accomplishments are sometimes credited to Joseph "Quaker Meadows" McDowell, although the Dictionary of American Biography notes that the Congressional directory may be correct.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 1st congressional district