Sir George Downing, 1st Baronet
d.bet 7 Jul 1684 and 19 Jul 1684
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Sir George Downing, 1st Baronet (1623 – July 1684) was an Anglo-Irish preacher, soldier, statesman and diplomat, after whom Downing Street in London is named. As Treasury Secretary he is credited with instituting major reforms in public finance. His influence was substantial on the passage and substance of the mercantilist Navigation Acts. The Acts strengthened English commercial and Naval power, contributing to the security of the English state and its ability to project its power abroad. More than any other man he was responsible for arranging the acquisition of New York from the Dutch, and is remembered there in the name of Downing Street, in Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Emanuel Downing, in Jacobus, Donald Lines, and Edgar Francis Waterman. Hale, House and Related Families, Mainly of the Connecticut River Valley. (Hartford: The Connecticut Historical Society, 1952), 518.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Hyde, Myrtle Stevens, “A Study of the Downing Family in England, with Connections in Early New England”, v. 74 [Jul-Oct 1999] : 161-174, 299-308., in The American Genealogist. (Demorest, Habersham, Georgia, United States: D.L. Jacobus), (at 74:173-174).
(Sir) George Downing, 1st Baronet, b. Dublin, Ireland, say 1624, d. between 7 and 19 July 1684; m. 1654, FRANCES HOWARD. A graduate of the first class of Harvard (1642), he returned to England in 1645 and became a member of Cromwell's staff; he switched allegiance to the monarchy in 1659-60 and became a baronet in 1663 and Secretary of the Treasury in 1666. His role in the growth of the British navy was substantial, though the opinion of his contemporaries of his character was not high. He was, as is often said, "a servicable man."
- ↑ Sir George Downing, 1st Bt., in Lundy, Darryl. The Peerage: A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe.
- ↑ Sir George Downing, 1st Baronet, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.