|2nd Mayor of Pittsburgh|
|Preceded by||Ebenezer Denny|
|Succeeded by||John M. Snowden|
|Died||May 14, 1828 (aged 55/56)|
|Resting place||Allegheny Cemetery|
|Spouse(s)||Margaret "Peggy" Calhoun|
|Children||Six (including Cornelius)|
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 14, 1828, Darragh died after a long fight with consumption. Originally interred in the churchyard of Pittsburgh's First Presbyterian Church, his remains were reburied in 1861 at Allegheny Cemetery.
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.
- "Cemetery Records". Allegheny Cemetery. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
- "Died". The Adams Sentinel (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania). May 21, 1828. p. 3.
- Dahlinger, Charles W. (October 1919). "A Place of Great Historic Interest Pittsburgh's First Burying-ground". Western Pennsylvania Historical Magazine 2 (4): 228, 230.
|Mayor of Pittsburgh
John M. Snowden