US Downey, John Gately - Governor, CA

John Gately Downey

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Born: June 24, 1827

Birthplace: County Roscommon, Ireland

Father: Denis Downey 1790 – 1837

Mother: Bridget Gately 1790 – 1857

1st​ Wife: Maria Jacinta Guirado 1836 – 1883
(Memorial: Old Cavalry Cemetery, Los Angeles, California)​
2nd​ Wife: Rose Vincentcia Kelly 1845 – 1892
(Buried: Cavalry Cemetery, Los Angeles, California)​
Political Party: Lecompton Democratic Party

Occupation before War:


1842: Immigrated to the United States from Ireland
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1842 – 1846: Apprenticed at an Apothecary in Washington, D.C.​
Pharmacist in Cincinnati, Ohio​
On his way to the west, he stopped in Vicksburg, and New Orleans​
Gold Prospector in Grass Valley, California​
Pharmacist in San Francisco, California, and Los Angeles, California​
1852: Member of Los Angeles, California Common Council​
1856: Member of Los Angeles, California Common Council​
Supporter of Slavery in the Kansas Territory​
1856 – 1857: Member of California State Assembly​
1860: Lt. Governor of California for five days​

1860: Sworn in as Governor of California after five days of serving as Lt. Governor​
1860 – 1862: Governor of California​
1860: Supporter of Stephen A. Douglas Presidential Campaign​

Civil War Career:

1860 – 1862: Governor of California​
Governor of California when “Bulkhead Bill” was passed.​
As Governor Pledged to support the Union​
1861: Failed to be nominated for another term as Governor.​
Pharmacist in Los Angeles, California​

Occupation after War:

Pharmacist in Los Angeles, California​
1871: Co–founder of Farmers and Merchants Bank​
1879: Helped lay the groundwork for University of Southern California​
1880: Acquired 45,000 Acre Warner’s Ranch in San Diego County.​
1883: His family was involved in train wreck which his wife died.​
1892: Moved to evict the Cupeno American Indians from his land.​

Died: March 1, 1894

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California

Cause of Death: Pneumonia

Age at time of Death: 66 years old

Original Burial Place: Old Cavalry Cemetery, Los Angeles, California

Current Burial Place: Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma, California
 
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lupaglupa

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"He was always deeply interested in irrigation.." makes me think he had a very lasting impact on California.
 
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