Daniel H. Lownsdale

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Daniel H. Lownsdale
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Daniel Lownsdale
Legislator in the Provisional Government of Oregon
In office
Constituency Tuality District
Personal details
Born 1803
Died 1862
Occupation Tanner

Daniel Lownsdale (1803—1862) was one of the founders of Portland, Oregon, United States.

Coming from Kentucky sometime before 1845, Lownsdale established the first tannery near the current location of Jeld-Wen Field just west of downtown.[1] He served as a member of the Provisional Legislature of Oregon in 1846.[2] Lownsdale purchased the land that would become downtown Portland on September 22, 1848.[1] He resurveyed Portland, keeping the small blocks (200 feet per side, 64 feet streets), and adding the contiguous park blocks.[1]

He became involved in a land dispute involving the authority of the laws from the Provisional Government with Josiah Lamberson Parrish. Lownsdale would defend the matter in court in a case that would make its way through the Oregon Supreme Court and to the United States Supreme Court in Lownsdale v. Parrish, 62 U.S. 290 (1858).[3]

Lownsdale is buried in the Salem Pioneer Cemetery.


  1. ^ a b c MacColl, E. Kimbark (1979). The Growth of a City: Power and Politics in Portland, Oregon 1915-1950. Portland, Oregon: The Georgian Press. ISBN 0-9603408-1-5. 
  2. ^ Oregon Legislative Assembly (2nd Provisional) 1846 Regular Session, Oregon State Archives. Retrieved on November 9, 2007.
  3. ^ Lownsdale v. Parrish, 62 U.S. 290 (1858).

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