Donald J. Irwin

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Donald J. Irwin
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32nd Mayor of Norwalk, Connecticut
In office
1971–1975
Preceded by Frank Zullo
Succeeded by Jennie Cave
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1959 – January 3, 1961
Preceded by Albert P. Morano
Succeeded by Abner W. Sibal
In office
January 3, 1965 – January 3, 1969
Preceded by Abner W. Sibal
Succeeded by Lowell P. Weicker, Jr.
State Treasurer of Connecticut
In office
1961–1963
Preceded by John A. Speziale
Succeeded by Gerald A. Lamb
Personal details
Born Donald Jay Irwin
(1926-09-07)September 7, 1926
Rosario, Argentina
Died July 7, 2013(2013-07-07) (aged 86)
East Norwalk, Connecticut
Resting place St. John's Cemetery, Norwalk, Connecticut[1]
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mary Stapleton[2] Janet Caldwell Fragale Irwin[3]
Children Patrick, Marion, Lucy and Stephen
Residence East Norwalk, Connecticut
Alma mater Yale University
Religion Catholic[2]

Donald Jay Irwin (September 7, 1926 – July 7, 2013) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Connecticut's 4th district, Connecticut State Treasurer and mayor of Norwalk, Connecticut.

Early life and family[edit]

He was born of American parents, Montrose Wellington Irwin and Marion Reynolds Irwin in Rosario, Argentina in 1926.[2] Irwin came to the United States in 1945 to attend Yale University.[4] He entered the United States Army and served with the Joint Brazil-United States Military Commission in Rio de Janeiro.[4] He reentered Yale University and graduated in 1951.[4] He taught Spanish at Yale University while a student there.[4] He married Mary Stapleton on August 23, 1952.[2] Together they had four children; Patrick (b. 1953), Marion, Lucy (b. 1959) and Stephen (b. 1960). He graduated Yale Law School in 1954.[4] He was admitted to the bar and commenced the practice of law in Connecticut.[4]

Political career[edit]

Irwin served as member of the Norwalk Board of Education.[4] He was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-sixth Congress (January 3, 1959-January 3, 1961).[4] He was a delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut in 1960.[2] He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1960 to the Eighty-seventh Congress.[4] He was appointed general counsel, United States Information Agency, 1961.[4] He was appointed treasurer of the State of Connecticut by Gov. John N. Dempsey in 1962. He served from 1961-1963[2][4] Irwin was elected to the Eighty-ninth and Ninetieth Congresses (January 3, 1965-January 3, 1969).[2][4] He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1968 to the Ninety-first Congress.[2][4] He then resumed the practice of law.[4] Irwin was elected mayor of Norwalk, Connecticut, in November 1971, [2][4] defeating Jacob Rudolf. He was reelected in 1973 and was not a candidate for reelection in 1975.[4] Irwin died of heart problems on July 7, 2013 at the age of 86.[3][5]

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References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Albert P. Morano
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 4th congressional district

1959–1961
Succeeded by
Abner W. Sibal
Preceded by
Abner W. Sibal
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 4th congressional district

1965–1969
Succeeded by
Lowell P. Weicker, Jr.
Political offices
Preceded by
John A. Speziale
State Treasurer of Connecticut
1961–1963
Succeeded by
Gerald A. Lamb
Preceded by
Frank Zullo
Mayor of Norwalk, Connecticut
1971–1975
Succeeded by
Jennie Cave