George Wilson (mayor)
George Wilson was Mayor of Pittsburgh from 1860 to 1862. Wilson was born in Baltimore. Moved to Pittsburgh in 1818, his Father Robert Wilson and Mother Ester Armstrong Wilson immigrated to the U. S. in 1814 from Ireland. Robert worked as a millwright and died in 1818, he was cared for by his sister Mrs. Margaret Marshall, he worked in the Tobacco factory of William Diller where he acquired a thorough knowledge of his own. He saved his money and went into business for himself with James Fullerton in 1838 "Wilson & Fullerton" on Liberty Street, he bought out his partner. He conducted it with much success for many years. Wilson was much sought after in business enterprise becoming a director in the Peoples Savings Bank, Duquesne National Bank and Citizens Insurance Company; as soon as he became of age he took an interest in civics. Wilson was elected to City Council in 1844 and served as the Director of the Public School and served for a long time, he took a strong stand in favor of the establishment of the High School.
Despite opposition from many leading citizens. His election to Mayor was a tribute to his good citizenship, he served in the State Legislature 1867, 68 and 69. In his final year in the state legislature he was the chairman of the means committee, he served as the third President of the Humane Society 1895 -1902. He was one of the incorporators of the Boy's Industrial Home of Western Pennsylvania. In addition, he was an attorney. Mr. Wilson came into office in a presidential election year; the business of the city was at a standstill. But the citizens more than made up for this inactivity in their fervor in the campaign for Abrahan Lincoln; as Mayor, Wilson introduced President-elect Abraham Lincoln from the balcony of the Monongahela House on a rain-soaked day in February 1861. The tenseness of the political campaign was eased for a moment when an 18-year-old Englishman traveling as "Baron Renfrew" Prince of Wales Edward VII of England arrived in Pittsburgh, in route to the White House. Mayor Wilson delivered an address of welcome upon his arrival.
He was an elder and member and at First Presbyterian Church for a long time, a founding elder and Sunday School Superintendent at Bellefield Presbyterian Church. He elder at Third Presbyterian Church. Was appointed to the Committee of Public Safety during the Pittsburgh Rail Road Riots in 1877. Married his first wife Miss Mary Frances Howe and there were six children in this union. Three died in infancy. Marie McEnulty, Bella Jane Wilson, Mary Frances. Mary Frances Howe died in 1839 after her death in 1854 he married his second wife Miss Emily Wilson in 1855-1879, they had 3 children together. He died in his home on February 5, 1902, of pneumonia. List of mayors of Pittsburgh Political Graveyard
William C. McCarthy
William C. McCarthy was Mayor of Pittsburgh from 1866 to 1868 and from 1875 to 1878. McCarthy was born in 1820, he was known as "Roaring Bill". His reputation as a volunteer fireman was legendary. McCarthy was a newspaper editor with the Pittsburgh Dispatch; the Industrial Revolution was gearing up and Pittsburgh was annexing neighboring townships and boroughs. In 1868, Bloomfield became part of the city. During his first administration, the police department ceased orally assuring the citizenry "that all is well," and inclined planes began to ascend Mount Washington; the Great Railroad Strike of 1877 occurred during his second term as mayor. Striking railroad workers clashed in a fierce battle with Philadelphia Militiamen at the 28th Street Roundhouse. Rail traffic was brought to a halt, the terminal was burned. McCarthy was elected City Controller in 1878, he died January 27, 1900. List of mayors of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is a city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the United States, is the county seat of Allegheny County. As of 2018, a population of 308,144 lives within the city limits, making it the 63rd-largest city in the U. S; the metropolitan population of 2,362,453, is the largest in both the Ohio Valley and Appalachia, the second-largest in Pennsylvania, the 26th-largest in the U. S. Pittsburgh is located in the south west of the state, at the confluence of the Allegheny and Ohio rivers. Pittsburgh is known both as "the Steel City" for its more than 300 steel-related businesses and as the "City of Bridges" for its 446 bridges; the city features 30 skyscrapers, two inclined railways, a pre-revolutionary fortification and the Point State Park at the confluence of the rivers. The city developed as a vital link of the Atlantic coast and Midwest, as the mineral-rich Allegheny Mountains made the area coveted by the French and British empires, Whiskey Rebels, Civil War raiders. Aside from steel, Pittsburgh has led in manufacturing of aluminum, shipbuilding, foods, transportation, computing and electronics.
For part of the 20th century, Pittsburgh was behind only New York and Chicago in corporate headquarters employment. S. stockholders per capita. America's 1980s deindustrialization laid off area blue-collar workers and thousands of downtown white-collar workers when the longtime Pittsburgh-based world headquarters moved out; this heritage left the area with renowned museums, medical centers, research centers, a diverse cultural district. Today, Apple Inc. Bosch, Uber, Autodesk, Microsoft and IBM are among 1,600 technology firms generating $20.7 billion in annual Pittsburgh payrolls. The area has served as the long-time federal agency headquarters for cyber defense, software engineering, energy research and the nuclear navy; the area is home to 68 colleges and universities, including research and development leaders Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. The nation's eighth-largest bank, eight Fortune 500 companies, six of the top 300 U. S. law firms make their global headquarters in the area, while RAND, BNY Mellon, FedEx, Bayer and NIOSH have regional bases that helped Pittsburgh become the sixth-best area for U.
S. job growth. In 2015, Pittsburgh was listed among the "eleven most livable cities in the world"; the region is a hub for Environmental Design and energy extraction. In 2019, Pittsburgh was deemed “Food City of the Year” by the San Francisco-based restaurant and hospitality consulting firm af&co. Many restaurants were mentioned favorable, among them were Superior Motors in Braddock, Driftwood Oven in Lawrenceville, Spork in Bloomfield, Fish nor Fowl in Garfield and Bitter Ends Garden & Luncheonette in Bloomfield. Pittsburgh was named in 1758 by General John Forbes, in honor of British statesman William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham; as Forbes was a Scot, he pronounced the name PITS-bər-ə. Pittsburgh was incorporated as a borough on April 22, 1794, with the following Act: "Be it enacted by the Pennsylvania State Senate and Pennsylvania House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania... by the authority of the same, that the said town of Pittsburgh shall be... erected into a borough, which shall be called the borough of Pittsburgh for ever."
From 1891 to 1911, the city's name was federally recognized as "Pittsburg", though use of the final h was retained during this period by the city government and other local organizations. After a public campaign, the federal decision to drop the h was reversed; the area of the Ohio headwaters was long inhabited by the Shawnee and several other settled groups of Native Americans. The first known European to enter the region was the French explorer/trader Robert de La Salle from Quebec during his 1669 expedition down the Ohio River. European pioneers Dutch, followed in the early 18th century. Michael Bezallion was the first to describe the forks of the Ohio in a 1717 manuscript, that year European fur traders established area posts and settlements. In 1749, French soldiers from Quebec launched an expedition to the forks to unite Canada with French Louisiana via the rivers. During 1753–54, the British hastily built Fort Prince George before a larger French force drove them off; the French built Fort Duquesne based on LaSalle's 1669 claims.
The French and Indian War, the North American front of the Seven Years' War, began with the future Pittsburgh as its center. British General Edward Braddock was dispatched with Major George Washington as his aide to take Fort Duquesne; the British and colonial force were defeated at Braddock's Field. General John Forbes took the forks in 1758. Forbes began construction on Fort Pitt, named after William Pitt the Elder while the settlement was named "Pittsborough". During Pontiac's Rebellion, native tribes conducted a siege of Fort Pitt for two months until Colonel Henry Bouquet relieved it after the Battle of Bushy Run. Fort Pitt is notable as the site of an early use of smallpox for biological warfare. Lord Jeffery Amherst ordered blankets contaminated from smallpox victims to be distributed in 1763 to the tribes surrounding the fort; the disease spread into other areas, infected other tribes, killed hundreds of thousands. During this period, the powerful nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, based in New York, had maintained control of much of the Ohio Valley as hunting grounds by right of conquest after defeating other tribes.
By the terms of the 1768 Treaty of
Ebenezer Denny was a soldier during the American Revolutionary War whose journal is one of the most quoted accounts of the surrender of the British at the siege of Yorktown. Denny served as the first Mayor of Pittsburgh, from 1816 to 1817. Denny was born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, on March 11, 1761, the eldest son of William and Agnes Parker Denny. At the age of 13 he was entrusted to carry dispatches across the Allegheny Mountains by the commandant at Fort Pitt, he crossed alone often. At one point he was chased into Fort Loudon by the Indians, he entered into employment for his father's shop in Carlisle. Upon learning that a letter of the marque, a privateer ship, was to sail from Philadelphia for the West Indies, he shipped as a volunteer, he was promoted to command the quarterdeck for his gallantry in numerous sea fights. As he was readying to sail on his second voyage he received a commission as ensign in the 1st Pennsylvania Regiment of the Continental Army in 1778. In August 1780, he was transferred to the 7th Pennsylvania Regiment, on May 23, 1781, he was promoted to lieutenant in the 4th Pennsylvania Regiment.
This transpired during 1781 as the Continental Army marched south to face Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia, at which time the end of the long war for independence drew close. Near Williamsburg, the regiment had a successful encounter against British forces, the partisan Simcoe. Denny in his famous military journal states, "Here for the first time saw wounded men; as the Continental Army closed around the British stronghold at Yorktown, Lt. Denny described the scene, "Army encamped on the banks of the James River, his journal entry dated September 14, 1781, continues into further detail of the encampment: General Washington Arrived. Officers all pay their respects, he stands in the door, takes every man by the hand. This is the first time. October 15, 1781, the siege at Yorktown begins: Siege operations were at once commenced. Easy digging. Light, sandy soil. A shell from one of French mortars set fire to a British frigate. October 17, 1781, The Surrender of Cornwallis: Had the pleasure of seeing a drummer mount the enemy's parapet and beat a parley and an officer, holding up a white handkerchief, made his appearance.
An officer from our line ran and met him and tied the handkerchief over his eyes, thus was the great event of the surrender of Cornwallis accomplished. Denny rejoined the army as an officer of the First American Regiment in August 1784, was active in the Northwest Indian War, he participated in the 1790 Harmar Campaign and served as aide-de-camp to Major-General Arthur St. Clair at St. Clair's Defeat. Denny kept a journal, considered an important primary document of the two campaigns. Following the battle, Lt. Denny wrote that the native nations were "an enemy brought up from infancy to war, superior to an equal number of the best men that could be taken against them." He travelled to Philadelphia to deliver the official report of the loss to Secretary of War Henry Knox. Denny compiled a dictionary of Delaware and Shawnee words. Following a 1794 mission to Fort Le Boeuf, Major Denny resigned his commission and settled near Pittsburgh. Unlike in other states, communities in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania could not attain city status until after spending a number of years as a borough with a government run by burgesses, a form of city council.
Because of this, Denny instead started his political career in county government serving Pittsburgh. In 1797, Denny was elected Allegheny County Commissioner, he sought higher office and ran as Treasurer for the entire county in 1803 and 1808. Being a Revolutionary War hero, major patriot force for the frontier front of the War of 1812, Denny ran to become the first mayor of the city of Pittsburgh on 19 July 1816, his term in office saw much progress in the infrastructure of the young city, improving roads and wharves. Citing failing health he retired from public life and the mayor's office on January 14, 1817, he died 21 July 1822, is interred at Allegheny Cemetery in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Ebenezer Denny had children, his son, Harmar Denny, went on to establish a political career of his own: a member of the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from 1824 to 1829, as well as being elected to the Twenty-first Congress through the Twenty-fourth Congress serving from 15 December 1829, to 3 March 1837.
His second great-grandson, Harmar D. Denny Jr. served in the 82nd Congress in the U. S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania's 29th congressional district. One of the first resolutions of the Pittsburgh City Council was that of honoring the patriotic and public service of Ebenezer Denny on learning of his early retirement due to health concerns in 1817. Denny Street, in the city's Lawrenceville neighborhood, was named in his honor. Denny, Ebenezer. Military Journal of Major Ebenezer Denny, an Officer in the Revolutionary and Indian Wars. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co. Retrieved 11 December 2011. Winkler, John F.. Wabash 1791: St. Clair's Defeat. Oxford: Osprey Publishing. ISBN 1-84908-676-1. Ebenezer Denny at Find a Grave
Henry A. Weaver
Henry Augustus Weaver was Mayor of Pittsburgh from 1857 to 1860. Henry A. Weaver was born in Pennsylvania, his father was Benjamin Weaver, Sheriff of Allegheny County in 1840. Henry Weaver had been manager of the Madison Coal Company, he was a staunch Republican. The term of office was extended to two years. President Abraham Lincoln appointed Weaver as Collector of Internal Revenue for Western Pennsylvania. Weaver is said to have had a souvenir rail. In life, Weaver was a real estate dealer. Weaver died at the St. James Hotel. List of mayors of Pittsburgh Political Graveyard
Benair C. Sawyer
Benair Clement Sawyer, sometimes incorrectly referred to as "Benjamin" Sawyer, was the Mayor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 1862 to 1864. His family was in the soap making business. While he was mayor the American Civil War's single worst civilian accident occurred when, on September 17, 1862, the Allegheny Arsenal exploded and claimed the lives of seventy-eight people. Most of the fatalities were young women. After his political career, the Panic of 1873 decimated Sawyer's assets, forcing him to move to Colorado, he would prosper there from investments in mining. He died in California. List of mayors of Pittsburgh