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History of the St Andrew's Society of the State of New York
Biographies: Richard Irvine



Twenty forth President
1843 - 1850

The first page of this biography is missing

The record placed on the minutes of the Mechanics’ National Bank by his co-directors on the 30th June, 1888, admirably sums up his character and is as follows:

“At the time of his decease he had been for fifty years a director in this bank, and during the long period of his active and successful business career he was always diligent and untiring in his devotion to the best interests of this institution. His integrity was unimpeachable. Firm in his convictions and conservative in his views, it was always known that they were founded on what he believed to be right. A strict observer of the letter and spirit of Christian principles, he countenanced no deviation from them in others. In his deportment he was modest, manly and unassuming, and in his intercourse with his fellow-men he was genial and sincere. This imperfect record is engrossed on our minutes as a tribute to Mr. Irvin’s memory and many virtues. A copy of it signed by our President and Cashier is directed to be sent to his family as a token of the high esteem and affectionate regard held for him by his associates in the affairs of this bank.”

He was elected a member of Saint Andrew’s Society in 1825 and thereafter server as a Manager, 1828-1833; as Second Vice-President, 1835-1836; 1839-1842; as First Vice-President, 1836-1837, and as President, 1842-1851 and 1862-1864. He also served on the Committee of Installation in 1838, and on the Standing Committee, 18661870; 1872; 1874 and 1876.

He married on the 24th May, 1832, at Salem, Washington County, N. Y., Mary Williams Proudfit, daughter of the Reverend Alexander Proudfit, D.D., for fort}’ years Pastor of the Associate Reformed Church in Salem, and Susan Williams, daughter of General John Williams, Colonel in the Revolutionary War and member of Congress.

Mr. Irvin had the following children, all born in New York City: (1) William, born 28th October, 1833; (2) Alexander Proudfit, born 6th March, 1835; (3) Susan Williams, born 2d December, 1836;

(4) Mary, born 3d May, 1838; (5) Richard, born 5th August, 1840; (6) Susan, born 19th January, 1842; (7) John Proudfit, born nth May, 1844; (8) Samuel, born 14th June, 1847; (9) John James, born 2d March, 1850.

His portrait is reproduced from an old photograph now in the possession of his grandson, Mr. Richard Irvin.


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