William Irwin (California politician)

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William Irwin
William Irwin painting.jpg
13th Governor of California
In office
December 9, 1875 – January 8, 1880
LieutenantJames A. Johnson
Preceded byRomualdo Pacheco
Succeeded byGeorge C. Perkins
13th Lieutenant Governor of California
Acting
In office
February 27, 1875 – December 9, 1875
GovernorRomualdo Pacheco
Preceded byRomualdo Pacheco
as Lieutenant Governor
Succeeded byJames A. Johnson
as Lieutenant Governor
Member of the California Senate
In office
1875
Member of the California State Assembly
In office
1862–1863
Personal details
Born1827 (1827)
Oxford, Ohio
Died (aged 58–59)
San Francisco, California
NationalityAmerican
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Amelia Elizabeth Cassidy
ProfessionEducator, laborer

William Irwin (1827 – March 15, 1886) was a California politician from the Democratic Party who served as the 13th governor of California between 1875 and 1880. He previously served as acting lieutenant governor for nine months in 1875.

Born in Butler County, Ohio, Irwin graduated in 1848 from Marietta College in Marietta, where he later became an instructor. After moving to California, Irwin worked in various private industries and was eventually elected to the California State Assembly as one of two members representing Siskiyou County. He became the editor of a newspaper and then was elected to the California State Senate. He served as president pro tempore of the Senate and as such, became acting lieutenant governor in 1875 when Lieutenant Governor Romualdo Pacheco became governor. Irwin was elected governor in his own right that same year. He died in 1886 in San Francisco, California and was interred in the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery in Sacramento, California.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "California Governor William Irwin". National Governors Association. 2004. Retrieved February 14, 2013.

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Political offices
Preceded by
District created
California State Assemblyman, 28th District
1862–1863
(with Caleb N. Thornbury, then Benjamin F. Varney)
Succeeded by
S. L. Littlefield, R. C. Scott
Preceded by
Romualdo Pacheco
Lieutenant Governor
Acting Lieutenant Governor of California
1875
Succeeded by
James A. Johnson
Lieutenant Governor
Preceded by
Romualdo Pacheco
Governor of California
1875–1880
Succeeded by
George Perkins