William A. Irvin
|William Adolph Irvin|
|4th President of U.S. Steel|
April 19, 1932 – January 1, 1938
|Preceded by||James Augustine Farrell|
|Succeeded by||Benjamin Franklin Fairless|
December 7, 1873|
|Died||August 15, 1927
Manhattan, New York City
William Adolph Irvin (December 7, 1873 - January 1, 1952) was the president of U.S. Steel.
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.
S.S. William A. Irvin
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. The vessel was purchased by the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center and was converted to a maritime museum in 1986. It floats on a slip in the harbor of Duluth, Minnesota.
- "'Bill' Irvin, Once Messenger Boy, Named Vice President of U.S. Steel". The Pittsburgh Press. September 3, 1931.
- "W. A. Irvin 78, Dies. U.S. Steel Ex-Chief. President of Corporation from 1932 to 1938. Was Leader in National Safety Council". The New York Times. January 2, 1952. (subscription required (. ))
- "Former Steel Corporation Head Dies". Owosso Argus-Press. Associated Press. January 2, 1952.
- "History: The tale of the William A. Irvin". Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
- "History: The DECC". Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Retrieved 7 July 2016.