Maria Downey 7th First Lady of California

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Maria Maria De Jesus Jacinta Downey (Guirado)

Birthplace: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA
Death: Died in Tehachapi, Kern, California, USA
Cause of death: Tehachapi train wreck, body never recovered due to fire.
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Don Rafael Guirado and Vicenta Guirado
Wife of John Gately Downey, 7th California Governor, 1860-1862.
Sister of Maria Antonia Guirado; Rafaela Adelaida Guirado; Jose Rafael Felipe Guirado; Caldedonia Guirado; Francisco De Paula Guirado and 5 others

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About Maria Downey 7th First Lady of California

[ Maria Downey 1860-1862]

Born: about 1837 in Los Angeles, California

Died: January 29, 1883

Married: John Downey in 1852

Maiden Name: Guirado


Maria Guirado was born into an influential California family. Her father, Don Rafael Guirado moved from Guaymas, Mexico to Whittier, California in 1833. In 1852, Maria married John Downey, an Irish immigrant who made a fortune after starting a drugstore and bank in Los Angeles. He also founded the town of Downey. Maria was described as educated, beautiful, and refined. She felt that one of her duties as First Lady was to help the more unfortunate. After John left office, he and Maria moved back to Los Angeles. Maria Downey died tragically in a train accident in the Tehachapi Mountains on January 29, 1883. Family

Father: Don Rafael Guirado


Husband: John Downey

Children: None

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Maria Downey 7th First Lady of California's Timeline

Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA
January 20, 1883
Age 46
Tehachapi, Kern, California, USA