Person:George Downing (6)

Sir George Downing, 1st Baronet 7 Jul 1684 and 19 Jul 1684
m. 10 Apr 1622
  1. Sir George Downing, 1st Baronetabt 1624 - bet 1684
  2. Lucy Downing1625 - 1697/98
  3. Joshua Downing1627/8 - 1658
  4. Robert Downing1628/9 -
  5. Adam Downing1630 -
  6. Anne Downing1633 - 1713
  7. Martha Downing1636 -
  8. John Downing1639/40 - 1694
  9. Dorcas Downing1640/1 -
  • HSir George Downing, 1st Baronetabt 1624 - bet 1684
  • WFrances HowardABT 1625 - 1683
m. 1654
  1. Sir George Thomas Downing, 2nd Baronetabt 1656 - 1711
Facts and Events
Name[1][2] Sir George Downing, 1st Baronet
Gender Male
Birth[1][3] abt 1624 Dublin, County Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Degree[2] 1642 Harvard College
Reference Number[4] Q1335492?
Marriage 1654 to Frances Howard
Death[2] bet 7 Jul 1684 and 19 Jul 1684
Unknown? 22 Jul 1684 Gamlingay, Cambridgeshire, EnglandCitation needed

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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.

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  1. 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. 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 (TAG). (Donald Lines 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."

  3. 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.
  4. Sir George Downing, 1st Baronet, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.