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John Gately Downey (June 24, 1827 – March 1, 1894) was an Irish-American politician and the seventh Governor of California from January 14, 1860 to January 10, 1862. Until the election of Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2003, Downey was California's only foreign-born governor. Downey was also the first man from Southern California to be elected as governor. He came from Ohio in 1849 during the California Gold Rush, and ended up in Los Angeles.Downey, California is named in Downey's honor.