Party affiliation: Democrat
John Ayman Downs, American educator. Decorated Chevalier Des Palmes Academiques. Served as Lieutenant (junior grade), later lieutenant commander, United States Navy Reserve, 1943-1946; Member Modern Language Association American, S. Atlantic Modern Language Association (chairman French section 1949-1950), American Association University professors.
1 son, John Upshaw. Instructor French, U. North Carolina, 1927-1931. Professor and department chairman of French, South Georgia State College, 1931-1933. Professor Romance langs.
Salem (North Carolina) College, 1933-1943. Associate professor Romance langs. U. Georgia, 1946-1947, executive secretary, department modern foreign langs., 1947-1948, professor Romance langs.
1948-1966; public affairs officer unites states department of State, 5 months, 1947.