biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
OLIVER N. DOWNS. The legal fraternity of this county is well represented, as will appear in another portion of this work, and among the young men of the profession who have a bright future before them, is the subject of this notice. He was born in Logan County, Ohio, May 6, 1861, and came to Mahaska County in 1862 with his parents, continuing to reside here until 1865; thence to Keokuk County, remaining until 1878, when he went to Marion County till 1881. During that year he went to Michigan, where he attended the Law School at Ann Arbor, from which he graduated with honors in 1883. Having been admitted to the bar in Michigan, and to practice in the United States Courts, he hung out his shingle at Indianapolis, Ind., and there continued to practice his profession during 1883 and 1884, and then came to Oskaloosa, where he has been in practice until the present time. He is a hard student, possessed of an unlimited amount of energy and perseverance, and his past is indicative of a bright future. Mr. Downs was married in Ann Arbor, Mich., Sept. 17, 1884, to Miss Lucinda Goodrich, daughter of Cornelius Goodrich. She was born in Michigan, and is a graduate of the Literary Class of the State University of 1877, receiving the degree of Ph. B. In politics Mr. Downs is a Republican, Socially he is a member of Oskaloosa Lodge No. 58, K. of P. Religiously he and his wife are members of the Baptist Church.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy