As you've discovered, the REST interface only provides the startup time. You can, however, get both startup and shutdown times from splunkd.log. Start with index=_internal source=*splunkd.log* ("shutdown complete" OR "Splunkd starting"). This assumes your _internal index retains data long enough to keep the last startup and shutdown events.
--- If this reply helps you, Karma would be appreciated.
I've been trying to work with this same query to calculate the difference (_time of Action = "Splunkd Starting" minus _time of Action = "Splunkd Shutdown) to show downtime by host. Then sum the total downtime by host for the past 7 days. The end result I'm hoping for is to show percentage of UpTime by host past 7 days and also chart total percentage of uptime past 7 days for all hosts.
index=_internal source="*SplunkUniversalForwarder*\\splunkd.log" (event_message="*Splunkd starting*" OR event_message="*Shutting down splunkd*") | eval Action = case(like(event_message, "%Splunkd starting%"), "Splunkd Starting", like(event_message, "%Shutting down splunkd%"), "Splunkd Shutdown")