Solomon W. Downs

Solomon Weathersbee Downs (* 1801 in Montgomery County, Tennessee; † August 14, 1854 in Crab Orchard Springs, Kentucky ) was an American politician (Democratic Party), who represented Louisiana in the U.S. Senate.

After his education, Downs attended Transylvania University in Lexington, where he made his 1823 financial statements. He then studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1826 and commenced practice in Bayou Sara (Louisiana ). Later he first moved to Ouachita, before he settled in 1845 in New Orleans. There he worked as a lawyer and was also a successful planter.

From 1845 to 1847 Downs served as United States Attorney for the District of Louisiana; he took during this time also participate in the Constitutional Convention of the state. Finally, he was elected for the Democrats in the U.S. Senate in Washington, where he spent an entire legislative period of 4 March 1847 to 3 March 1853. During this time, he served as Chairman of the Committee on engrossed bills. In 1853 he was appointed by U.S. President Franklin Pierce to the tax collector at the port of New Orleans; the following year died Solomon Downs in Kentucky.