John Kennedy Gowdy photographs
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Gowdy was elected sheriff of Rush County in 1870 and 1872, the youngest sheriff in that county. He was later elected auditor of the county in 1882 and was re-elected in 1886. He served as chairman of the Rush County Republican Committee from 1879 to 1889. Gowdy was selected chairman of the Republican State Central Committee in 1890 and elected to that post in 1892, after it was reorganized and again in 1894 and 1896. He was appointed by President William McKinley in 1897 as consul-general to Paris, in which position he won many awards and honors. On July 3, 1900, he presented a statue of George Washington, a gift of the American people to the French government. Gowdy assisted in locating the body of John Paul Jones, which was returned to the United States. Gowdy resigned that position effective September 30, 1905 and returned to Rush County.
Gowdy was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, beginning in 1866. He died June 25, 1915 and was buried in the Arlington East Hill Cemetery in Arlington, Indiana.
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"Gowdy, John Kennedy." In Centennial History of Rush County, Indiana. Indianapolis, IN: Historical Publishing Company, 1921.
Ancestry.com. "John K. Gowdy." Indiana, Marriage Collection, 1800-1941. Acceassed January 14, 2015. http://www.ancestrylibrary.com.
Findagrave.com. "John Kennedy Gowdy." Find A Grave Memorial. Accessed January 14, 2015. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/51483328/john-kennedy-gowdy.
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