James Irvin

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James Irvin
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 17th district
In office
March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1845
Preceded byAlmon Heath Read
Succeeded byJohn Blanchard
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 14th district
In office
March 4, 1841 – March 3, 1843
Preceded byGeorge McCulloch
Succeeded byAlexander Ramsey
Personal details
Born(1800-02-18)February 18, 1800
Centre County, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedNovember 28, 1862(1862-11-28) (aged 62)
Centre County, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political partyWhig

James Irvin (February 18, 1800 – November 28, 1862) was an American politician. Irvin was a prominent agriculturalist and ironmaster in Centre County, Pennsylvania. Irvin represented Pennsylvania's 14th congressional district in the 27th and 28th Congresses. Irvin unsuccessfully ran for governor of Pennsylvania in 1847, losing to incumbent governor Francis Rawn Shunk.


In 1855, the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania chartered the Farmer's High School. The school's trustees decided to build the school on 200 acres (0.81 km2) of Centre County land donated by Irvin. That Farmer's High School is now The Pennsylvania State University. Irvin Hall, one of Penn State's oldest residential halls, named in his honor.

Irvin died in Hecla, Centre County, Pennsylvania, on November 28, 1862.[1] He is buried in Union Cemetery in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.

The Oak Hall Historic District, associated with his dwelling in College Township, Pennsylvania, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. Also on the Register is the Monroe Furnace, which he established in 1847.[2]


  1. ^ "NEWS FROM THE BAHAMAS.; Arrival of Two Rebel Steamers from Charleston at Nassau--Another Growl About Admiral Wilkes. ARRIVAL OF BLOCKADE RUNNERS. ANOTHER GROWL AT ADMIRAL WILKES. Mason Jones in Brooklyn. Gen. Buell's Court of Inquiry. CINCINNATI, Friday, Nov. 28. Canal Tolls. Death of Gen. James Irvin. Arrival of the Delaware. Personal". New York Times. The New York Times Company. 29 November 1862. p. 4. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  2. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
George McCulloch
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 14th congressional district

Succeeded by
Alexander Ramsey
Preceded by
Almon Heath Read
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 17th congressional district

Succeeded by
John Blanchard