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Lawyer

JOHN DOWNS, American Lawyer, Partner of DOWNS RACHLIN & MARTIN, specializing in the field of General Practice. Banking and Insurance.

Background

Downs, John Henry was born on November 12, 1919 in Arlington, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Joseph Warren and Ethel May (Sinclair) Downs.

Education

Yale University (Bachelor of Arts, 1941). Harvard University (Juris Doctor, 1947). State’s Attorney, Caledonia County, 1951-1955.

State Representative, 1961-1964. Chairman, House Ways and Means Committee, 1963-1964. Chairman, Governor’s Commission on Administration of Justice, 1972-1976.

Career

Partner Waterman & Downs, 1947-1955. Senior partner John H. Downs, Lawyer, St. Johnsbury, Vermont, 1955-1960. Partner Downs & Rachlin, 1960-1968.

Senior partner Downs, Rachlin & Martin, 1968-1985, counsel, since 1985.

Works

Membership

Trustee Village of St. Johnsbury, 1958-1961, Vermont State College, 1966-1972, board trustees 1972. Town representative Vermont Legislation, Montpelier, 1961-1965. Chairman Governor's Commission on Administration Justice.

Chairman Vermont/Karelia Sister State Group, 1991-1993. Served with United States Army, 1942-1944. Fellow American Bar Foundation.

Member American Bar Association, Lawyers Alliance for World Security (trustee 1980-1987, delegate annual conferences on nuclear arms with Soviet professionals 1983-1989), Caledonia County Bar Association, Rotary.Vt. Bar Association (president 1974).

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Tennis, skiing, hiking, reading, music.

Connections

Married Virginia Campbell, December 12, 1953. Children: Barbara, Margaret, Peter, Thomas.

father:
Joseph Warren Downs

mother:
Ethel May (Sinclair) Downs

spouse:
Virginia Campbell

child:
Barbara Downs

child:
Margaret Downs

child:
Peter Downs

child:
Thomas Downs