Henry I. Gourley

Henry I. Gourley (October 3, 1838 – May 27, 1899) was Mayor of Pittsburgh from 1890 to 1893.

Henry I. Gourley
Portrait of Henry I. Gourley,
c. 1890–1893
35th Mayor of Pittsburgh
In office
Preceded byWilliam McCallin
Succeeded byBernard J. McKenna
Personal details
Born(1838-10-03)October 3, 1838
DiedMay 27, 1899(1899-05-27) (aged 60)

Early life

Henry Irvin Gourley was born in Juniata County, Pennsylvania in 1838 to a peasant family. Because of his families inability to support themselves he was sent early in life to a farm in Pine Township, Pennsylvania in Allegheny County, where he displayed a great work ethic and eventually became a school teacher.

Pittsburgh politics

In 1876 he was elected to the City Council. Mayor Gourley took office in 1890 and his reputation for hard and honest work served him well in city hall. His term was noted for the trust it engendered in Pittsburgh residents. After he left office he served as city controller before his death in 1899. He is buried in Homewood Cemetery.

Political offices
Preceded by
William McCallin
Mayor of Pittsburgh
Succeeded by
Bernard J. McKenna
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