William A. Irvin

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William Adolph Irvin
4th President of U.S. Steel
In office
April 19, 1932 – January 1, 1938
Preceded by James Augustine Farrell
Succeeded by Benjamin Franklin Fairless
Personal details
Born (1873-12-07)December 7, 1873
Indiana, Pennsylvania
Died August 15, 1927(1927-08-15) (aged 53)
Manhattan, New York City

William Adolph Irvin (December 7, 1873 - January 1, 1952) was the president of U.S. Steel.


He was born on December 7, 1873 in Indiana, Pennsylvania. In 1931 he was named vice president of U.S. Steel.[1]

After his father died while he was in the eighth grade,[clarification needed] he dropped out of grade school to support his mother. He went straight to the mines and worked his way up to the corporations, where he eventually became president. His first wife died giving birth to their fifth child. He and his second wife, Gertrude Irvin, never had any children.

He died on January 1, 1952 in the Harkness Pavilion of the Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, New York City.[2][3]

S.S. William A. Irvin[edit]

Irvin's namesake ore boat, the William A. Irvin was christened in 1938 and served as a flagship of U.S. Steel's Great Lakes fleet until her retirement in 1978.[4] The vessel was purchased by the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center and was converted to a maritime museum in 1986.[5] It floats on a slip in the harbor of Duluth, Minnesota.