William Irvine (lawyer)

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William Irvine
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 28th district
In office
March 4, 1859  March 3, 1861
Preceded by William H. Kelsey
Succeeded by Robert B. Van Valkenburgh
Personal details
Born February 14, 1820 (1820-02-14)
Whitney Point, New York
Died November 12, 1882 (1882-11-13) (aged 62)
San Francisco, California
Political party Republican


Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Brevet Brigadier General
Unit 10th New York Cavalry
Battles/wars American Civil War

William Irvine (February 14, 1820 November 12, 1882) was an American politician, a United States Representative for New York's 28th district, and a lieutenant colonel in the Union Army during the American Civil War.


Irvine was born in Whitneys Point, Broome County, New York, attended the common schools, and moved to Greene County, New York, in 1841. He studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1849.


Irvine commenced his law practice in Corning, Steuben County, New York. He was a delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1856.[1]

Elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1858 as a Republican in New York's 28th district, Irvine served only one term from March 4, 1859 to March 3, 1861.[2]

At the start of the Civil War he entered the army and assisted in raising the 10th New York Cavalry, of which he became lieutenant colonel on November 25, 1861. He with his regiment served in fifty-five battle engagements from 1862 to the last conflict at Appomattox, Virginia in April 1865. He was brevetted to brigadier general on March 13, 1865, and was adjutant general on the staff of Governor Fenton in 1865 and 1866. After the war he moved to San Francisco, California and resumed the practice of law until his death.[3]


Irvine died in San Francisco, California, on November 12, 1882 (age 62 years 8 months, and 29 days). He is interred at Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, Chemung County, New York.[4]


  1. "William Irvine". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  2. "William Irvine". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  3. "William Irvine". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  4. "William Irvine". Find A Grave. Retrieved 24 July 2013.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William H. Kelsey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 28th congressional district

Succeeded by
Robert B. Van Valkenburgh
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