Born in 1849 in Avon in western New York, Andrew McDowell was left an orphan and raised by a farmer in that area. "Andy" began his career as a groom when a little boy. He drove his first race in 1870 with Lady Rowe. His rise to fame was slow, but finally in 1884 he drove Belle Echo in 2:20 and won many races with her. McDowell accompanied the mare on her return to California, where he raced until 1890 and then went to work for Marcus Daly in Montana. After that he returned to California, where he was employed by Monroe Salisbury and became noted for his driving of Alix 2:03 3/4 and Azote 2:04 3/4. He tried training in Europe but returned to Philadelphia with a public stable. Andrew McDowell died in 1923 in Somerton, Pennsylvania.
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1992 book, The Immortals