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
Resting place Salem Pioneer Cemetery
44°55′12″N 123°02′52″W / 44.919908°N 123.047796°W / 44.919908; -123.047796
Occupation Legislator, 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 Providence Park just west of downtown.[1] Tanner Creek, which flowed by the site in the mid-19th century, was named after the tannery.[2]

Lownsdale served as a member of the Provisional Legislature of Oregon in 1846.[3] 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).[4]

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. ^ McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 936. ISBN 0-87595-277-1. 
  3. ^ Oregon Legislators and Staff Guide, 1846 Regular Session (2nd Provisional), Oregon State Archives. Retrieved on July 2, 2016.
  4. ^ Lownsdale v. Parrish, 62 U.S. 290 (1858).

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