Jared M. Brush
Jared M. Brush was Mayor of Pittsburgh from 1869 to 1872. Jared Brush was born on October 1814 at the corner of Third Street and Cherry Way, he became a carpenter, a contractor. He married Sarah Dithridge, they had nine children of whom only two lived to adulthood. Brush was Overseer of the Poor of Pitt Township from 1842 to 1845. In 1854, Brush was elected a city councilman. During the American Civil War, Brush worked with the United States Sanitary Commission, a relief agency that ministered to the soldiers, he was Mayor of Pittsburgh from 1869 to 1872. Brush's administration was praised because of his extensive street construction projects and the establishment of the first full-time Fire Department. After his term ended, Brush served successively as a school director, superintendent of the city poor farm and clerk in the assessor's office and that of the treasurer, he was appointed as a police magistrate in 1888. Brush served as director of several Pittsburgh banks, he died on November 1895, of pneumonia.
Brushton, Pennsylvania was named in his honor. List of mayors of Pittsburgh Jared M. Brush at Political Graveyard
John M. Snowden
John Maugridge Snowden, served as Mayor of Pittsburgh City from 1825 to 1828. Snowden was born in Pennsylvania to a revolutionary war family of patriots, his father, John Snowden, was a hero of the war, being imprisoned by the British forces and dying in their custody. His mother, Elizabeth Moor, was a major advisor to General Washington during his Pennsylvania campaigns. In 1811 Snowden began a book business in Pittsburgh, he bought and edited his own newspaper, the Pittsburgh Mercury. Like his predecessor as Mayor, John Darragh, he used his appointment as President of the Bank of Pittsburgh to launch his mayoral candidacy. Snowden served terms as Allegheny County Recorder and Treasurer before being elected mayor of Pittsburgh in 1825, he served until 1828. Pittsburgh 12 March 1829 His ExcellencyGen A. Jackson Prest. U. S. Dr Sir To the many requests to which your attention is at this time drawn, may I be permitted respectfully to add mine? I have this day written to the Hon. M Van Buren applying for the appointment to publish the laws of the United States, &c in the Pittsburgh Mercury of which I am the editor and proprietor.
Presuming on your knowledge of my character and standing here and on your friendly feelings may I be permitted respectfully to solicit your aid in this particular. I presume it is known to your excellency that the Mercury was, both in 1824 and 1828, devoted to those principles which have so signally triumphed in the late contest, it is the second oldest paper in this place and has a respectable patronage and circulation. Calculated with firmness, but at the same time maintaining that decorous course, calculated to merit and secure the public confidence, it is believed that it was not an unimportant auxiliary in that contest, but neither my scrupulous regard as an editor for private character - the correctness of my course - nor my acknowledged good reputation - has secured me from many sacrifices in the just support of my political principles and opinions. Wherever political opponents could assail me, they have done it. From their own avowals, the first effort displayed itself by a combination to oust me from the mayoralty of this city - not because I was considered to be incompetent to or unfaithful in the discharge of the duties of that office, but because the fact that an opponent of the existing administration had been removed from the head of the city authorities, would give éclat abroad and subserve their political interests.
This step has been followed up by attempts to break down my establishment or diminish its patronage - attempts which have to a considerate extent affected my pecuniary interests, subjected me to an inconvenience, sensibly felt at my advanced period of life, with a numerous family dependent on my labour and exertions for maintenance. I make these statements not by way of complaint, but to show that the Pittsburgh Mercury was not, is not regarded as an inefficient partisan in the struggle for principles. If other recommendations be wanting for the obtainment of that appointment, I shall with great pleasure afford to your excellency any testimonials which may be asked of the purity of my life and character. I write with the freedom of a friend, I hope that my candour will not be construed into a want of respect. Had I less confidence in your willingness to give my application a favorable reception, or in the benevolence of your disposition, I should scarcely have ventured to write this letter, or if I had written, would have written more reservedly.
At the time of your visit to this place, I had the honour of introducing to your notice my son Wm Snowden. He accompanied you to Washington, he has been bred to the law. He is a young man of steady habits. Several of his and my friends have advised him to apply for a clerkship in one of the public offices in that of the secretary of state, his course of education we think best qualifies him for such a clerkship. I have understood that Mr Stevenson, many of the Pennsylvania delegation, together with Col McKinley of Alabama, other of your distinguished personal friends in and out of our congress, with whom he is acquainted, will join in his recommendation. If from the partial acquaintance you have had of him, the recommendations he may obtain, your excellency could be induced to interest yourself in his behalf, it would not only afford great gratification to me, but might be the happy means of bringing a promising young man into the public usefulness. I have the honour to be your excellencys most obt sevrt.
John M. Snowden This is a transcript of a letter from the National Archives, Record Group 59. IN pursuance to/ public notice, the citizens of Pittsburgh, convened in town meeting, at the court house, on Saturday evening, the 22nd inst. John M. Snowden, Esq. Mayor of the City, was called to the chair, William Eichbaum, jr. and Robert Burke, were chosen secretaries. The object of the meeting having been stated by the chairman, Judge Wilkins rose, after some appropriate and eloquent remarks, submitted the following preamble and resolutions, which were adopted: When men and honored for their virtues and services are removed from the scene of life, full of years, bearing with them the benedictions of millions whom they have blessed- when he who brought to light the principles of our revolutionary struggle, he who stood foremost
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
William W. Irwin
William Wallace Irwin was Mayor of Pittsburgh and a Whig member of the U. S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania. William Irwin was born in Pittsburgh in 1803, 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 a graduate of Allegheny College, he became a member of the Allegheny County bar on May 6, 1828, by 1835 was serving as the president of the Western University's alumni association. He ran for Allegheny County District Attorney in 1838. Irwin's first wife was Frances Everallyn Rose Irwin, 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. 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 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 granddaughter of Sarah Franklin Bache and Richard Bache, the great-granddaughter of Benjamin Franklin, a niece of George Mifflin Dallas, the 11th Vice President of the United States, serving under James K. Polk. Irwin had two children with Bache: educator Agnes Irwin and American businessman and the Kingdom of Hawaii's Minister to Japan, Robert Walker Irwin. 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. 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. After his term in Congress, Irwin was United States Ambassador to Denmark 1843-1847, he died in Pittsburgh in 1856. Interment in Allegheny Cemetery. United States Congress. "William W. Irwin". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress; the Mayors of Pittsburgh The Political Graveyard William W. Irwin at Find a Grave
William J. Diehl
William J. Diehl, served as Mayor of Pittsburgh from 1899 to 1901. Diehl was worked as a bookkeeper in his early career, he entered the public service as a Deputy Sheriff for four years followed by work in the city treasury office in the 1870s. His main fortune was in the oil and gas industries around the region and was President of the Wheeling Natural Gas Company in the 1880s. Diehl was a thirty-third degree Mason. During his two years as mayor, Diehl oversaw a city growing to its full commercial and industrial potential; the ritzy and exclusive business forum Duquesne Club was founded in the city, as well as the amalgamation of Andrew Carnegie's vast industrial empire into U. S. Steel was completed. Mayor Diehl's administration completed the rudimentary expressway Bigelow Boulevard to the east neighborhoods of the city. Mayor Diehl is buried in Allegheny Cemetery in Pittsburgh. William J. Diehl at Find a Grave
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
Matthew B. Lowrie
Mathew B. Lowrie, served as the Mayor of Pittsburgh from 1830 to 1831. Lowrie was born in Edinburgh, from where he emigrated with his parents the U. S. state of to Pennsylvania. As a young man he started a thriving grocery business. Lowrie was active in religion, serving many years as a Sunday school teacher at the First Presbyterian Church, his brother, Walter Lowrie, served in the United States Senate, his son, Walter H. Lowrie, went on to become Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Mathew Lowrie is credited with "modernizing" the fire department; the city bought its first steam powered fire engine and named it the "citizen". Lowrie was instrumental in managing the city's rapid growth by adopting the "ward" system of governance for the first time in western Pennsylvania. Lowrie died in 1850 after a bout with cholera, he is buried in Allegheny Cemetery and the site is marked by an obelisk