John G. DowneyLecompton Democratic
|09-07-1859||Lecompton Democratic||Lieutenant Governor||59051||Win|
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]