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IRWIN, William, governor of California, born in Butler county, Ohio, in 1S27; died in San Francisco, California, 15 March, 1886. He was graduated at Marietta college in 184S, and, after teaching for three years at Port Gibson, Mississippi, and holding a tutorship at Marietta, went to Chicago, where he read law for a few months. After passing two years in Oregon, he settled in Siskiyou county, California, and engaged in mining, lumbering, and publishing a newspaper. He was elected to the legislature as a Democrat in 1861, was its president pro tempore during his second term, in 1874 became lieutenant-governor, and in 1875 governor of California.
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