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Downs, L. A. (Lawrence Aloysius), 1872-1940



  • Existence: 1872 - 1940

Biographical Information

Lawrence Aloysius Downs graduated from Purdue University in 1894 with a degree in Civil Engineering. Downs played on the champion 1892 and 1893 football teams and was a member of Chi Epsilon. In 1926, he became the president of the Illinois Central Railroad. He continued to work with railroad companies around the country until he retired.


Purdue Engineer

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Lawrence A. Downs papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 96
Scope and Contents The Lawrence A. Downs papers include a thesis with specification drawings, seven albums of news clippings documenting Downs's time working with the Central Illinois Railroad, and a scrapbook documenting his time at Purdue.
Dates: 1894 - 1939