IRVINE, William, a Delegate and a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in County
Fermanagh, Ulster, Ireland, on November 3, 1741; pursued classical studies and
was graduated from the Dublin University; studied medicine and was admitted to
practice; served as surgeon on a British man-of-war; immigrated to the United
States and settled in Carlisle, Pa., in 1763; delegate to the State
Revolutionary conventions 1764-1766; colonel of the Sixth Pennsylvania Regiment
in the Revolutionary Army; captured in Canada June 16, 1776, and remained a
prisoner of war until exchanged May 6, 1778; appointed brigadier general May
12, 1779, and served until the close of the war; Member of the Continental
Congress 1787-1788; commanded the State troops during the Whisky Rebellion in
1794; elected as an Anti-Administration candidate to the Third Congress (March
4, 1793-March 3, 1795); moved to Philadelphia, where he was superintendent of
military stores 1801-1804; died in Philadelphia, Pa., July 29, 1804; interment
in Gloria Dei (Old Swedes) Church Burial Ground, Philadelphia, Pa.
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Washington-Irvine Correspondence. The Official Letters Which Passed
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