IRWIN, Harvey Samuel, (1844 - 1916)


"Around the Capital" (detail), engraving, Thomas Fleming, 1902, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

IRWIN, Harvey Samuel, a Representative from Kentucky; born in Highland County, Ohio, December 10, 1844; attended the public schools; was graduated from the high school of Greenfield, Ohio; studied law, but abandoned the same to enlist in the Union Army during the Civil War; assisted in raising a regiment of Artillery and was commissioned a lieutenant; transferred to a special corps in the Regular Army, in which he served until the close of the war; settled in Louisville, Ky.; resumed the study of law; was admitted to the bar and practiced; appointed successively assistant internal revenue assessor, deputy clerk of the United States district court, and chief deputy collector of the fifth internal revenue district of Kentucky; railroad commissioner in 1895; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1901-March 3, 1903); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1902; resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C.; was licensed as an evangelist in Washington, D.C., in 1913; had a charge in Idylwood and Vienna, Va.; died in Vienna, Va., September 3, 1916; interment in Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Ky.