William W. Irvin

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William W. Irvin
William W. Irvin.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 9th district
In office
March 4, 1829 – March 3, 1833
Preceded byPhilemon Beecher
Succeeded byJohn Chaney
Ohio Supreme Court Justice
In office
April 2, 1810 – February 16, 1816
Preceded byWilliam Sprigg
Succeeded byJessup Nash Couch
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1779-04-05)April 5, 1779
Charlottesville, Virginia
DiedMarch 28, 1842(1842-03-28) (aged 62)
Lancaster, Ohio
Resting placeElmwood Cemetery, Lancaster
Political partyJacksonian
Spouse(s)Elizabeth B. Gillespie

William W. Irvin (April 5, 1779 [1] – March 28, 1842) also spelled Irwin[2] was a lawyer, farmer, politician, and U.S. Representative from Ohio.

Born near Charlottesville, Virginia, Irvin pursued an academic course and later studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1800 and commenced practice in his native county. He moved to Lancaster, Ohio, about 1801 and continued the practice of his profession.

He was appointed an associate judge of the court of common pleas for Fairfield County by the first general assembly in 1803. He was impeached in 1804 by the Ohio House of Representatives and subsequently removed from office by the decision of the Ohio Senate.

Irvin served as member of the Ohio House of Representatives in 1806 and 1807, and was a justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio from 1810-15. He finished third in election for Governor of Ohio in 1822.[2] He was again a member of the Ohio House of Representatives 1825-27 and served as speaker in 1825 and 1826. He came in third for election to the United States Senate in 1827, losing to Benjamin Ruggles. [3]

Irvin was elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-first and Twenty-second Congresses (March 4, 1829 – March 3, 1833). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1832 to the Twenty-third Congress.

He returned to his farm near Lancaster and engaged in agricultural pursuits until his death on March 28, 1842.

Irvin was married to Elizabeth B. Gillespie in Lancaster on February 2, 1813. They had seven children.[2]


  1. ^ William W. Irvin at Find a Grave
  2. ^ a b c "William W. Irvin". The Supreme Court of Ohio and the Ohio Judicial System. Retrieved 2012-04-10.
  3. ^ Taylor 1899 : 129


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Ohio House of Representatives
Preceded by
Philemon Beecher
Robert Cloud
Representative from Fairfield County
Served alongside: Philemon Beecher
Succeeded by
Elijah B. Merwin
Patrick Owings
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Philemon Beecher
United States Representative from Ohio's 9th congressional district
Succeeded by
John Chaney

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.