William Wirt Winchester

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William Wirt Winchester
Born June 22, 1837
Died March 7, 1881 (aged 43)
New Haven, Connecticut
Cause of death Tuberculosis
Resting place Evergreen Cemetery
Nationality American United States
Known for Winchester Repeating Arms Company
Spouse(s) Sarah Lockwood Pardee (1862–81)
Children Annie Pardee Winchester (Deceased)
Relatives Sarah E. Pardee, Mary A. Pardee, Antoinette E. Pardee; Leonard M. Pardee; Isabelle C. Pardee, Estelle L. Pardee

William Wirt Winchester (June 22, 1837 – March 7, 1881) was the treasurer of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company, a position he held until his death in 1881.


He was the son of Oliver Fisher Winchester and Jane Ellen Hope and was born in Baltimore. His siblings include: Ann Rebecca Winchester (1835-1864) who married Charles B. Dye; and Hannah Jane Winchester who married Thomas Gray Bennett. William married Sarah Lockwood Pardee on September 30, 1862. On July 12, 1866, Sarah gave birth to their only child, Annie Pardee Winchester, but the baby died five weeks later of marasmus. William died in New Haven, Connecticut on March 7, 1881 of tuberculosis. He was buried in Evergreen Cemetery in New Haven. After his death, his wife Sarah went on to build the Winchester Mystery House.


The William Wirt Winchester Hospital in West Haven, Connecticut was established in his honour by his wife for the treatment of tuberculosis. The hospital was later sold and became a Veteran's Administration Hospital. The Private Pavilion at Yale New Haven Hospital was then renamed in his honour.[1]



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Business positions
Preceded by
Oliver Fisher Winchester
President of Winchester Repeating Arms Company
Succeeded by
William Converse