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Kirby bought a half interest in the City Hotel, which originally opened in 1845, at the corner of Mason and Water Streets in Milwaukee. The hotel was renamed the Walker House and later Kirby House, when Kirby became sole owner. Kirby also engaged in the jewelry and lumber businesses. A Democrat and a strong Union supporter during the American Civil War, Kirby served as Milwaukee's mayor in 1864.
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- "Mine Host of the Kirby House". (April 30, 1928). Milwaukee Journal.
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