Born in Huntington, West Virginia.. Received B.A. from Marshall University, J.D. from West Virginia College of Law. Married. Served as an Army officer. Attorney with Strauss Troy Co, in Cincinnati.
Editor of the Journal of Early American Numismatics (JEAN) published by the American Numismatic Society. President of Colonial Coin Collectors Club.
Author of Abel Buell and the History of the Connecticut and Fugio Coinages. Author of The Early Betts Medal Companion Medals of America’s Discovery and Colonization (1492-1737) (2022).
Author of "Condition Census of all Known Pitt Farthings," (2019) under sponsorship of the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
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Condition Census of all Known Pitt Farthings
A census of the 27 known examples of the Pitt farthing. The Pitt tokens were likely struck as commemorative medalets related to William Pitt's involvement in the repeal of the Stamp Act in 1766. Prepared by Christopher McDowell under sponsorship of the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society (2019 Newman Grant program). Originally published in 2019, with updates in 2020 and 2021.
The Late Mrs. C. Wyllys Betts of New York City: Another Numismatic Mystery Put to Rest
McDowell argues that "Mrs. C. Wyllys Betts," previously thought to be the wife of Charles Wyllys Betts, was in fact his sister-in-law, Louise Betts. This work was sponsored in part by the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society, via a Newman Grant awarded in 2020.