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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania


R. F. DOWNEY, attorney and counselor at law, was born in Waynesburg, Penn., May 18, 1849. He is a son of Robinson and Catharine (Inghram) Downey, who were of Scotch-Irish descent. His father came to Waynesburg in 1837 and studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1839, and was a successful practitioner and business man. He dealt largely in real estate, having erected many of the best buildings in Waynesburg. He died in 1874. Mr. Downey was a member of the Baptist Church, of which he was a liberal supporter. For many years he edited a paper in Waynesburg. He was one of the earliest and strongest friends of Waynesburg College, never neglecting an opportunity to further the interests of that institution. His children were all students in the college and, with one exception, are graduates of the school. Mr. Downey was one of the most respected and best loved of Greene Countys citizens. His children are R. F., John J., who died in the army, Emma (deceased), F. W. and Kate. R. F. Downey, the subject of this sketch, was reared in Waynesburg and educated in the college, where he graduated in 1867. He then studied law with his father, and was admitted to the bar in 1871. He has been a successful practitioner, devoting his entire time to his profession.


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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania

Samuel P. Bates

Nelson, Rishforth & Co., Chicago. 1888


Transcribed by Annette Bame Peebles

The Greene County, Pennsylvania Biographies Project

Date of Transcription: 17 January 2009

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