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IRWIN, John Seull, banker, born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, 4 April, 1825. He was graduated at the Western university of Pennsylvania in 1842, and in medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 1847. He practised till 1853, when he abandoned the medical profession on account, of failing health, and entered a banking-house in Fort Wayne, Indiana, continuing in that business for twenty years. In 1865 he became treasurer of the Fort Wayne school board, and in 1875 superintendent of the city schools, and a member of the state board of education. On resigning from the board of trustees of Indiana university he received the degree of LL.D. He is a member of the national council of the Education association, and has been active in the councils of the Protestant Episcopal church.
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