DOWNEY, Stephen Wheeler (1839-1902)

DOWNEY, STEPHEN WHEELER, (father of Sheridan Downey), a Delegate from the Territory of Wyoming; born in Western Port, Allegany County, Md., July 25, 1839; pursued an academic course; enlisted as a private in Company C, Third Regiment, Potomac Home Brigade, Maryland Infantry, October 31, 1861; successively promoted to first lieutenant, lieutenant colonel, and colonel; studied law; was admitted to the bar in Washington, D.C., in 1863; moved to the Territory of Wyoming in 1869 and practiced law in Laramie; prosecuting attorney of Albany County in 1869 and 1870; elected a member of the Territorial council in 1871, 1875, and 1877; treasurer of the Territory 1872-1875; auditor of the Territory 1877-1879; elected as a Republican to the Forty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1879-March 3, 1881); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1880; elected a member of the Territorial house of representatives in 1886 and again in 1890; trustee of the University of Wyoming at Laramie 1891-1897 and served as its president; member of the State house of representatives in 1893 and 1895 and served as speaker in the latter year; member of the State constitutional convention in 1889; again prosecuting attorney of Albany County from 1899 until his death in Denver, Colorado, August 3, 1902; interment in Green Hill Cemetery, Laramie, Albany County, Wyo.

University of California
The Bancroft Library
Berkley, CA
Papers: 1875, 1 page.
A letter from Stephen Wheeler Downey to the A.L. Bancroft & Company in Laramie, Wyoming written on March 23, 1875. In the letter, Stephen Downey writes concerning materials for the "Pacific Coast Library."

Oral History: 1956-1957, 316 leaves.
Oral history interviews of Stephen Wheeler Downey conducted in Sacramento, California by Willa K. Baum in October, 1956-January, 1957. Also with the interview are notes on Downey's early life and family; law practice in Sacramento; California State Reclamation Board; various reclamation districts and projects; irrigation districts and their Association; water problems; the legal profession; California politics and politicians (including his brother, Sheridan Downey) Small portrait pasted in. The interview also is available on microfilm.


University of Wyoming
American Heritage Center
Laramie, WY
Papers: In the Downey Family Papers, 1866-1997, 2.5 cubic feet.
Persons represented include Stephen Wheeler Downey. A finding aid is available in the repository and online: http://rmoa.unm.edu/docviewer.php?docId=wyu-ah10555.xml.