William Kerr (mayor)

William Kerr (1809 August 11, 1853), served as Mayor of Pittsburgh from 1846 to 1847.[2]

William Kerr
14th Mayor of Pittsburgh
In office
Preceded byWilliam J. Howard
Succeeded byGabriel Adams
Personal details
BornNovember 15, 1809[1][2]
September 15, 1809[3]
St. Clair Township, Pennsylvania
Died(1853-08-11)August 11, 1853 (aged 43)
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania Medical School (M.D.)

William Kerr was born in St. Clair Township.[3] He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. He opened an office on Liberty Avenue in 1833, and was also the owner of an apothecary.[2]

During Mayor Kerr's term as mayor as The Pennsylvania Railroad was founded, as well as Mercy Hospital.

After his term in office, Kerr moved to Chartiers Township,[2] which is now the West End of Pittsburgh. There exists today a Kerr Street in the city neighborhood of Elliott. Kerr died in 1853 and is buried in Allegheny Cemetery.[2]

See also


  1. "Cemetery Records". Allegheny Cemetery. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  2. Swetnam, George (28 September 1973). "Mayors' Notebook". The Pittsburgh Press. p. 43.
  3. Holli, Melvin G.; Jones, Peter d'A., eds. (1981). Biographical Dictionary of American Mayors, 1820-1980. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. p. 194. ISBN 0-313-21134-5.
Preceded by
William J. Howard
Mayor of Pittsburgh
Succeeded by
Gabriel Adams
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