- For the Canadian ice hockey player (born 1890 – died 1924), see Jack Darragh.
Darragh was born in Ireland, the son of John Darragh and Margaret Oliver. In 1774 the Darragh family, including young John and his older brother Daniel, and at least one sister, emigrated to Nottingham Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania, in the Pittsburgh area. Two more brothers, Neal and Archibald would be born there.
Darragh began his career as a merchant on Fourth Avenue between Wood Street and Smithfield Street in the city. Darragh eventually parlayed his success as merchant into becoming the president of the Bank of Pittsburgh.
Darragh served terms as Justice of the Peace and Burgess of the Borough.
John Darragh became mayor of Pittsburgh on January 14, 1817 on the sudden retirement of Ebenezer Denny because of health concerns. His tenure as mayor saw the construction of sidewalks and street drainage systems. The start of a city wide water system also took root during his service.
John Darragh also hosted world leaders for the first time in Pittsburgh's history. U.S. President James Monroe visited Pittsburgh on September 5, 1817 touring military installations around the area including the Allegheny Arsenal.
French statesmen and general Marquis de Lafayette also visited Pittsburgh with John Darragh as host on May 30, 1825.
On Wednesday May 13, 1828, Darragh died after a long fight with consumption.
Darragh Street near the University of Pittsburgh is named for John and/or Cornelius Darragh.
- B. Marvin (2001). Parents, collaterals & descendants of Isabella (Darragh) Liggett, 1759-1845, of Washington County, Pennsylvania.
- Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania. J. H. Beers & Co. 1893. p. 1012.
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