Solomon Weathersbee Downs was born in 1801 – died August 14, 1854. Solomon was a United States Senator from Louisiana. Born in Montgomery County, Tennessee, he pursued classical studies and graduated from the Transylvania University (in Lexington, Kentucky) in 1823. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1826 and commenced practice in Bayou Sara, Louisiana. He moved to Ouachita, Louisiana and then to New Orleans in 1845. Solomon engaged in the practice of law and was a successful planter. Downs was United States Attorney for the district of Louisiana from 1845 to 1847 and a member of the State constitutional convention. He was elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate and served from March 4, 1847 – March 3, 1853, and while in the Senate he was chairman of the Committee on Engrossed Bills (Thirtieth Congress) and a member of the Committee on Private Land Claims (Thirtieth through Thirty-second Congresses). He was appointed by President Franklin Pierce collector of the port of New Orleans in 1853. He died in Crab Orchard Springs, Kentucky and was buried on family plantation. (later reinterred in Riverview Cemetery, Monroe, Ouachita.)


Original Solomon Weathersbee Downs Autograph, signed on Cut Paper (signed cut paper is glued-mounted to heavy card stock). Approx. size of Cut Paper 3/8 x 1 7/8 inches (approx. size of heavy card stock 2 x 3 1/2 inches). Regular Price – $ 52.00 / Sale Price – $ 35.95.

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