William Corry (Cincinnati mayor)

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William Corry (1779–1833) was a politician in the U.S. State of Ohio who was in the Ohio House of Representatives and was the Mayor of Cincinnati from 1815-1819.

William Corry was born in Virginia. His father was killed at the Battle of King's Mountain in 1781. William stayed on his mother's farm and attended local schools until age 20. In 1798, he was invited by William McMillan, a relative, to come to Cincinnati. He lived with McMillan and studied law in his office.[1]

Corry was admitted to the bar in 1803. After McMillan's death in 1804, Corry moved to Hamilton and associated with John Reily. When Reily became clerk of courts, Corry practiced alone until his marriage in 1810.[1] In 1807, he was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives from Butler County for the sixth General Assembly.[2]

Corry returned to Cincinnati in 1811 to administer to trust for Mr. McMillan's estate. He was librarian for the Cincinnati Library, which operated from his home. In 1812, he represented Hamilton County in the Ohio House of Representatives for the eleventh General Assembly,[3] and he was elected Mayor of Cincinnati in 1815. He was the only Mayor of the Town of Cincinnati from 1815 to 1819. Before 1815, Cincinnati was a village, and after 1819, it was a city.[1]

After his term as mayor, Corry returned to practice of law, and he was twice more elected to the Ohio House for the 18th General Assembly, 1819[4] and the 25th General Assembly, 1826.[5]

In his later years, Corry's health was poor, and he died in 1833.[1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Greve 1904 : 440-441
  2. ^ Ohio 1917 : 255
  3. ^ Ohio 1917 : 257
  4. ^ Ohio 1917 : 259
  5. ^ Ohio 1917 : 262

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Political offices
Preceded by
Samuel W. Davies
Mayor of Cincinnati
1815-1819
Succeeded by
Isaac G. Burnet
Ohio House of Representatives
Preceded by
Solomon Line
James Shields
Representative from Butler County
1807-1808
Served alongside: James McClure
Succeeded by
James Shields
William Murray
James Heaton
Preceded by
John Jones
Peter Bell
Ogden Ross
Representative from Hamilton County
1812-1813
Served alongside: Ogden Ross
Peter Bell
Succeeded by
Ephraim Brown
Zebulon Foster
Peter Bell
Preceded by
Peter Bell
Andrew Mack
Samuel McHenry
Representative from Hamilton County
1819-1820
Served alongside: Peter Bell
Samuel McHenry
Succeeded by
Clayton Webb
Zacheus Biggs
Micajah T. Williams
Preceded by
Elijah Hayward
Charles G. Swain
Samuel McHenry
Representative from Hamilton County
1826-1827
Served alongside: Elijah Hayward
Charles G. Swain
Succeeded by
Elijah Hayward
John C. Short
Peter Bell