William Dawson (mayor)

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William Dawson (born in Ireland), was mayor of Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States, from 1878 to 1881. He was born in County Cavan, Ireland on October 1, 1825, he was a successful banker. When he was elected as mayor, he became the first mayor to be Irish in Saint Paul, he died on February 19, 1901. He died poor after his Bank of Minnesota failed five years before he died. There is a two-acre park named after him in Saint Paul,[1] he is the namesake of the city of Dawson, Minnesota.[2]


  1. ^ Empson, Donald L. (2006). The Street Where You Live. Minneapolis, Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press. pp. 70–71. ISBN 978-0-8166-4729-3.
  2. ^ Warren Upham (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 289.