Biography of Robert A. Downey
Oswego County, NY Biographies





Robert A. Downey. - Standing among the leading figures in the business life of Oswego is Robert A. Downey, who is president of the Robert Downey Company, Inc. He was born June 5, 1870, the son of Robert and Ellen (Preston) Downey.

Robert Downey, deceased, was a representative business man of Oswego for many years, and was founder of the business which now bears his name. He became associated with the firm of Irwin & Sloan, which was later reorganized as the Gaylord-Downey Company, later Downey, Irwin & Company, and finally known as Robert Downey Company, Inc. They are leading dealers in coal, grain, etc. Mr. Downey died in 1899. His wife died in 1878. Mr. Downey was a Democrat, a member of Christ Church and belonged to the Masonic Lodge. He was one of the founders of the Fortnightly Club of Oswego. To Mr. and Mrs. Downey were born three children: 1. Robert A., the subject of this sketch. 2. Grace, deceased, was the wife of Major Daniel B. Brinsmade, a World War veteran. 3. John W., who lives at Oswego.

Robert A. Downey received his early education in the public schools and is a graduate of Trinity College and Lehigh University. In 1902 he became associated with Downey-Irwin & Company, which as mentioned above was later reorganized as Robert Downey Company, Inc., and of which he is now president. Mr. Downey recently completed 25 years as president of the Second National Bank, which was merged in 1930 with the First National Bank. He is a director of the Montcalm Dock Company, Great Lakes Terminal Company, and Ontario Milling Company.

In 1898 Mr. Downey was united in marriage with Miss Susan Jermyn of Scranton, Pa., who died in 1925. To them were born two sons: 1. Robert A., Jr., born in 1901, a graduate of Exeter Academy, attended Princeton University. He is treasurer of Robert Downey Company, Inc. 2. John Jermyn, born in 1905, a graduate of Exeter Academy and Syracuse University. He is also identified with Robert Downey & Company, Inc. Both sons are unmarried. They are ardent yachtmen and hold membership in the Oswego Yacht Club. They have a summer home at Fair Haven.

In 1925 Mr. Downey was married (second) to Miss Louise M. Mackin, of Oswego, the daughter of John H. and Sarah (Hyland) Mackin.

Mr. Downey is a Democrat, a member of Christ Church, and belongs to the Elks Lodge, Phi Upsilon fraternity, Syracuse Century Club, Oswego Country Club, Oswego Yacht Club.

During the World War Mr. Downey was chairman of the Home Defense Commission, treasurer of the local chapter of the Red Cross, and chairman of Liberty Loan drives.

The family residence is located at 8 Montcalm Street, and overlooking Lake Ontario. A summer residence is at Redfield.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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