Dow, Neal

Dow, Neal

Dow, Neal, 1804-97, American prohibitionist, b. Portland, Maine. He helped organize the Maine Temperance Union in 1838 and prepared (1851) the famous "Maine Law," which superseded the less rigid prohibition legislation of 1846. As mayor of Portland (1851-59), Dow succeeded with difficulty in making his law operative in that city. He lectured on prohibition throughout the United States, and in 1857 he visited England. He was the Prohibition party's candidate for President in 1880.

See his reminiscences (1898) and biography by F. L. Byrne (1961, repr. 1969).

Dow may refer to:


  • Allan Dow, CBC, CTV, BBC and ABC reporter, who later worked for UN agencies (ILO and Unicef)
  • Herbert Henry Dow, the founder of Dow Chemical Company
  • Charles Dow, the founder of Dow Jones & Co
  • James R Dow, professor of German language
  • Neal S. Dow, noted prohibitionist
  • Tony Dow, an actor most famous as the older brother, Wally, in the Leave it to Beaver TV series
  • Thomas Dow, the second Dow to arrive in North America (after Henry Dow) both in the 1630's. Thomas was of 'commoner' stock - and ancestor to Allan Dow and others above, while Henry was of 'merchant' class and ancestor of Dow Jones, Dow Chemical clans, etc. According to the 'Book of Dow' (available Salem Mass. Library), Thomas Dow has an off-spring believed to be the most prolific (had the most kids, grand kids, etc) of any man in North America. In other words, many N. Americans share this DNA.

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See also

  • Dhow, a sailing ship

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