William Irwin (California politician)

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William Irwin
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13th Governor of California
In office
December 9, 1875 – January 8, 1880
Lieutenant James A. Johnson
Preceded by Romualdo Pacheco
Succeeded by George C. Perkins
Personal details
Born ca. 1827
Butler County, Ohio
Died March 15, 1886(1886-03-15)
San Francisco, California
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Amelia Elizabeth Cassidy
Profession Educator, labourer
Irwin Gravesite

William Irwin (ca. 1827 – March 15, 1886) was a California politician from the Democratic Party who served as the 13th governor of California between 1875 and 1880. He previously served as acting lieutenant governor for nine months in 1875.

Born in Butler County, Ohio, Irwin graduated in 1848 from Marietta College in Marietta, where he later became an instructor. After moving to California, Irwin worked in various private industries and was eventually elected to the California State Assembly as one of two members representing Siskiyou County. He became the editor of a newspaper and then was elected to the California State Senate. He served as president pro tempore of the Senate and as such, became acting lieutenant governor in 1875 when Lieutenant Governor Romualdo Pacheco became governor. Irwin was elected governor in his own right that same year. He died in 1886 in San Francisco, California and was interred in the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery in Sacramento, California.[1]


  1. ^ "California Governor William Irwin". National Governors Association. 2004. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
District created
California State Assemblyman, 28th District
(with Caleb N. Thornbury, then Benjamin F. Varney)
Succeeded by
S. L. Littlefield, R. C. Scott
Preceded by
Romualdo Pacheco
Lieutenant Governor
Acting Lieutenant Governor of California
Succeeded by
James A. Johnson
Lieutenant Governor
Preceded by
Romualdo Pacheco
Governor of California
1875 - 1880
Succeeded by
George Perkins