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John G. Downey

Lecompton Democratic

Picture of John G. Downey
CA Blue Book (2000)
Date Party Office Votes Result
09-05-1855 Democratic AD-01 0 Win
09-07-1859 Lecompton Democratic Lieutenant Governor 59051 Win
01-14-1860 Lecompton Democratic Governor 0 Win
09-02-1863 Democratic Governor 44622 Loss

Candidate Biography:

Born: June 24, 1827 in Roscommon County, Ireland
Married: Maria Jesus Guirado (m. 1853, d. 1883), Rosa V. Kelly
Died: March 1, 1894 in Los Angeles, CA

1860: Resigned as Lieutenant Governor on January 20.
1879: Donated the land for the University of Southern California (USC)

  • PLACENAME: Downey (in Los Angeles County) was named for Governor Downey, who subdivided the land. Downey Peak (in the Orange County) was named for the Governor in 1861.

[Source: 1000 California Place Names by Erwin G. Gudde]