Robert W. Lyon
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|Robert W. Lyon|
Portrait of Robert W. Lyon,
|32nd Mayor of Pittsburgh|
|Preceded by||Robert Liddell|
|Succeeded by||Andrew Fulton|
|Born||May 22, 1842
Butler County, Pennsylvania
|Died||October 9, 1904(aged 62)|
Robert W. Lyon (May 22, 1842 – October 9, 1904) was Mayor of Pittsburgh from 1881 to 1884.
Mayor Lyon was born in Butler County, Pennsylvania north of Pittsburgh in 1842. He joined the 102nd Pennsylvania Volunteers during the American Civil War. When he came home from war Lyon made a small fortune in the petroleum industry.
Mayor Lyon won election in 1881 and was best known as "the working man's mayor." He guided city hall into the completion of the Smithfield Street Bridge and the successful annexation of the Garfield neighborhood. The AFL, forerunner to the AFL-CIO, was founded in Pittsburgh under his administration.
In 1884, he went to work in a steel mill and worked in county government until his death in 1904. He was buried in Calvary Cemetery in the west suburb of McKees Rocks.
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