Hon. John Darragh

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Hon. John Darragh

Birthplace: Ireland
Death: May 14, 1828 (56)
Place of Burial: Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Darragh, Sr and Margaret Darragh
Husband of Margaret "Peggy" Darragh
Brother of Daniel Darragh; Margaret Baird and Jane Scott

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About Hon. John Darragh

John Darragh (1772 – May 14, 1828) was a U.S. politician. He served as the Mayor of Pittsburgh from 1817 to 1825.

Early life

Darragh was born in Ireland, the son of John Darragh and Margaret Oliver. In 1774, the Darragh family, including young John, his older brother Daniel, and at least one sister, emigrated to Nottingham Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania, in the Pittsburgh area. Two more brothers, Neal and Archibald, would be born there.[1][2]

Darragh began his career as a merchant on Fourth Avenue between Wood Street and Smithfield Street in the city. Darragh eventually parlayed his success as merchant into becoming the president of the Bank of Pittsburgh.

He married Margaret "Peggy" Calhoun. They had six children,[1] one of whom, Cornelius, would also be prominent in local politics.

Pittsburgh politics

Darragh served terms as Justice of the Peace and Burgess of the Borough.[1]

John Darragh became mayor of Pittsburgh on January 14, 1817 on the sudden retirement of Ebenezer Denny because of health concerns. His tenure as mayor saw the construction of sidewalks and street drainage systems. The start of a citywide water system also took root during his service.

John Darragh also hosted world leaders for the first time in Pittsburgh's history. U.S. President James Monroe visited Pittsburgh on September 5, 1817; he toured military installations around the area, including the Allegheny Arsenal.

French statesmen and general Marquis de Lafayette also visited Pittsburgh with John Darragh as host on May 30, 1825.

See also: List of Mayors of Pittsburgh

Later life

On Wednesday May 14, 1828,[3][4] Darragh died after a long fight with consumption. Originally interred in the churchyard of Pittsburgh's First Presbyterian Church,[5] his remains were reburied in 1861 at Allegheny Cemetery.[3]


Darragh Street near the University of Pittsburgh is named for John and/or Cornelius Darragh. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Darragh

John Darragh was Mayor of Pittsburgh from 1817 until 1825.

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Hon. John Darragh's Timeline

May 14, 1828
Age 56
Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA