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John Gately Downey (1827–1894) was an Irish-American politician and the seventh governor of California from 1860 to 1862. Until the election of Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2003, Downey was the only governor of California to be born outside the United States. Downey was also the first man from Southern California to be elected as governor.

Downey was born on June 24, 1827 in the townland of Castlesampson, Taughmaconnell parish, County Roscommon, in central Ireland, to Denis Downey and Bridget Gately. Castlesampson is 12 kilometres west of the town of Athlone.

He emigrated with his family at the age of 14 to the United States in 1842, before the famine years. Settling in Charles County, Maryland, the Downeys joined two stepsisters who had already settled in the U.S.

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Date of Birth 2nd Jun 1827  
Date of Death 1st Mar 1894  
Father (First Name/s and Surname) Denis Downey  
Mother (First Name/s and Maiden) Bridget Gately  



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