Joseph E. McDonald
Joseph E. McDonald
|United States Senator|
March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1881
|Preceded by||Daniel D. Pratt|
|Succeeded by||Benjamin Harrison|
|Attorney General of Indiana|
|Governor||Joseph A. Wright|
Ashbel P. Willard
|Preceded by||James Morrison|
|Succeeded by||James G. Jones|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Indiana's 8th district
March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1851
|Preceded by||John Pettit|
|Succeeded by||Daniel Mace|
Joseph Ewing McDonald
August 29, 1819
Butler County, Ohio
|Died||June 21, 1891 (aged 71)|
|Alma mater||Wabash College, Asbury University|
|Profession||Politician, Lawyer, Saddler|
Life and career
McDonald was born in Butler County, Ohio, the son of Eleanor (Piatt) and John McDonald. He moved with his mother to Montgomery County, Indiana, in 1826 and apprenticed to the saddler's trade when twelve years of age in Lafayette, Indiana. He attended Wabash College (Crawfordsville) and graduated from Indiana Asbury University (Greencastle, Indiana; now DePauw University) in 1840. He studied law in Lafayette and was admitted to the bar in 1843, after which he practiced. He was prosecuting attorney from 1843 to 1847 and in the latter year moved to Crawfordsville where he practiced law until 1859.
McDonald was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-first Congress, serving from March 4, 1849, to March 3, 1851. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1850, and was elected attorney general of Indiana in 1856 and was reelected in 1858. He moved to Indianapolis in 1859, was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Indiana in 1864, and was elected to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1875, to March 3, 1881. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection. While in the Senate he was chairman of the Committee on Public Lands (Forty-sixth Congress).
McDonald died in Indianapolis in 1891; interment was in Crown Hill Cemetery.
- United States Congress. "Joseph E. McDonald (id: M000412)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.