Ernest J. Dowling (January 18, 1880 - December 6, 1962) was an English businessman, investor, and advertiser Dowling and his family immigrated to South Dakota sometime before 1900. Dowling became Secretary of the Yankton (South Dakota) Chamber of Commerce in January 1930. Dowling married Helen French in 1913 with whom he had one son. Helen died in September 1962.