BEIRNE, Andrew, a Representative from Virginia; born in Dangan, County Roscommon, Ireland, in
1771; received a classical education and was graduated from Trinity University, Dublin, Ireland;
immigrated to the United States in 1793 and settled in Union, Monroe County, Va.; engaged in
mercantile and agricultural pursuits; member of the State house of delegates in 1807 and 1808; during
the War of 1812 served as captain of a rifle company and as colonel of the Monroe County Militia;
delegate to the Virginia constitutional convention in 1829 and 1830; member of the State senate
1831-1836; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth Congresses (March 4,
1837-March 3, 1841); was not a candidate for reelection in 1840 to the Twenty-seventh Congress;
resumed his former business activities; died while on a visit in Gainesville, Sumter County, Ala., March
16, 1845; interment in the family burying ground at Union, Monroe County, Va. (now West Virginia).
BibliographyWhite, Edward T. Andrew and Oliver Beirne of
Monroe County." West Virginia History 20 (October 1958): 16-23.