William W. Irwin
William W. Irwin
Portrait of William W. Irwin,
|United States Ambassador to Denmark|
|Preceded by||Isaac Rand Jackson|
|Succeeded by||Robert P. Flenniken|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Pennsylvania's 22nd district
March 4, 1841 – March 4, 1843
|Preceded by||Henry Marie Brackenridge|
|Succeeded by||Samuel Hays|
|10th Mayor of Pittsburgh|
|Preceded by||William Little|
|Succeeded by||James Thomson|
|Born||January 8, 1803|
|Died||September 15, 1856 (aged 53)|
|Spouse(s)||Frances Everallyn Rose Irwin (?–1836, her death)|
Sophia Arabella Bache (1839–1856, his death)
Robert Walker Irwin
|Alma mater||Western University of Pennsylvania|
William Irwin was born in Pittsburgh in 1803, and as a boy earned the lifelong nickname "pony Irwin" because of his habit of riding a pony everywhere he went. He graduated from the Western University of Pennsylvania, now known as the University of Pittsburgh, in 1824. He was also a graduate of Allegheny College. He became a member of the Allegheny County bar on May 6, 1828, and by 1835 was serving as the president of the Western University's alumni association. He ran successfully for Allegheny County District Attorney in 1838.
Marriage and family
Irwin's first wife was Frances Everallyn Rose Irwin (April 1809–February 24, 1836), the niece of Illinois Supreme Court justice Theophilus W. Smith and aunt of bridge engineer Charles Shaler Smith. They were the parents of United States Navy Rear Admiral John Irwin (1832-1901).
After his first wife's death, Irwin married again on February 28, 1839 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His second wife was Sophia Arabella Bache, born November 14, 1815 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and died on March 24, 1904. She was the daughter of Richard Bache, Jr., who served in the Republic of Texas Navy and was elected as a Representative to the Second Texas Legislature in 1847 and Sophia Burrell Dallas, the daughter of Arabella Maria Smith and Alexander J. Dallas an American statesman who served as the U.S. Treasury Secretary under President James Madison. She was also granddaughter of Sarah Franklin Bache and Richard Bache, the great-granddaughter of Benjamin Franklin, and a niece of George Mifflin Dallas, the 11th Vice President of the United States, serving under James K. Polk.
Upon being elected mayor in 1840 Irwin oversaw the expansion of infrastructure and government in the city to catch up with the regions rapid expansion. Under his administration four additional wards were added to the city.
United States House of Representatives
Irwin used his term as mayor as a touchstone for his race as a representative for U.S. Congress. He was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-seventh Congress. He was not a candidate for reelection in 1842.
- Catalogue of the Western University of Pennsylvania, Year Ending June, 1903. Western University of Pennsylvania. 1902. p. 212. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
- "College Journal". 1 (2). Western University of Pennsylvania. November 1869: 3. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
- McCormick, Samuel Black (December 1908). "History of the Western University of Pennsylvania, 1787-1908". University Bulletin. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh. 4 (12): 9. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
- Starrett, Agnes Lynch (1937). Through One Hundred and Fifty Years: the University of Pittsburgh. University of Pittsburgh Press. pp. 93–94. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
- United States Congress. "William W. Irwin (id: I000044)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- The Mayors of Pittsburgh
- The Political Graveyard
- William W. Irwin at Find a Grave
| Mayor of Pittsburgh
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Henry Marie Brackenridge
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 22nd congressional district
Isaac Rand Jackson
| U.S. Ambassador to Denmark
As Chargé d'Affaires
Robert P. Flenniken