About Dr. Lee R. McDowell

Lee has a love for American history. He is the 12th direct descendant from three Mayflower Passengers in 1620. His 4th great grandfather fought important battles in the American Revolution and his great grandfather was very active in the Civil War.

Dr. Lee McDowell was born on a livestock farm in upstate New York. Shortly after receiving an M.S. degree in Nutrition at the University of Georgia he married his wife, Lorraine. Two weeks later he and Lorraine joined the Peace Corps for two years in the tropics of Bolivia. Bolivia might be considered their honeymoon.

The goal of the McDowells was to internationally help others. Lee worked to improve agriculture and Lorraine worked to improve peoples’ nutrition and health. After Bolivia the McDowells received advanced degrees in Nutrition at Washington State University.  With a PhD Lee was hired at the University of Florida for teaching nutrition courses and doing international nutrition research in Latin America, Asia and Africa. He has taught both Human Nutrition and Animal Nutrition courses. Following through with the Peace Corps goal of helping others he has made over 280 International trips since 1971 to set up experiments and promote the need for improved nutrition for livestock. From his research he has published over 1500 scientific articles and had won international awards from two different societies. From one society he won the highest award given for research.

Ever since high school he has been fascinated by presidential history. Lee can name all the presidents in 23 seconds. He has written 14 books dealing with nutrition and more recently he has now written three books on presidential history with the current book on war and disease. Lee has given many talks on presidential lives and humor at many locations.

Other Books by Author

The author has written three recent books on presidents as follows:

  • “The Presidents, Humor, Events and Morality” (2018)
  • “Presidents as Military Officers” (2021)
  • “Presidential Humor” (In Press)

Nutrition books by the author in descending order are:

  • “Mineral Nutrition History, The Early Years” (2017)
  • “Vitamin History, The Early Years” (2013)
  • “Minerals in Animal and Human Nutrition” (1992, 2003); 2 editions
  • “Vitamins in Animal and Human Nutrition” (1989, 2000); 2 editions
  • “Nutrition of Grazing Ruminants in warm Climates” (1985)
  • 4 Editions of “Minerals for Grazing Ruminants in Tropical Regions” (1983, 1988, 1995 and 2005, in English and Spanish)
  • “Latin American Symposium on Nutritional Investigations for Ruminants on Pastures” (1978, in English and Spanish)
  • “Latin American Tables of Feed Composition” (1974), in English, Spanish and Portuguese
  •  “Latin American Tables of Feed Composition” (1972)