James Thomson (Pittsburgh mayor)

James Thomson (December 18, 1790 August 10, 1876), served as Mayor of Pittsburgh from 1841 to 1842.

James Thomson
11th Mayor of Pittsburgh
In office
Preceded byWilliam W. Irwin
Succeeded byAlexander Hay
Personal details
Born(1790-12-18)December 18, 1790
Franklin County, Pennsylvania
DiedAugust 10, 1876(1876-08-10) (aged 85)

Early life

Thomson was born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, in 1790 and arrived in Pittsburgh in 1812. From 1812 to 1825, he operated a jewelry store, making and repairing watches on Market Street. In 1825, he began an engine building business.

After Office

After one term as mayor, Mr. Thomson renewed his energies in the engine fabrication industry. His firm also built railroad freight cars.

From 1853 until 1871, Thomson was the engineer for the Pittsburgh Gas Works. He is buried in Allegheny Cemetery.

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Preceded by
William W. Irwin
Mayor of Pittsburgh
Succeeded by
Alexander Hay
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