FROM THE CLIMAX, FEBRUARY
William M. Irvine died in
Richmond, Ky., on Monday afternoon, February 23, 1891, aged sixty-five
years and eight months. The exact nature of his disease has not been
announced by his physicians, but a marked decline in his physical
condition had been noticeable for several months.
William M. Irvine was born
in Richmond June 1, 1825, was educated at Transylvania, and took the
junior law course in that school under the tutelage of Robertson, Wooley,
and Marshall. He also studied law at Harvard, and obtained license to
practice; but became interested in farming, and declined to practice law.
He was elected cashier of the Farmers' National Bank, which he left to
organize the First National, then the Second National, acting as its
President for a number of years, returning to the First. He took an active
part in the affairs of Central University and became a Curator. He was a
successful financier and leaves a large fortune. He was a consistent
member of the first Presbyterian Church, and a progressive and valuable
citizen and a Democrat. He was a grandson of William Irvine, a native of
Virginia, who was desperately wounded at the so-called Estill's Defeat,
1782, carried from the field by the famous Joe Proctor, and afterward
became a member of the Constitutional Convention of 1799, and the first
County and Circuit Clerk of Madison County. The deceased leaves no
children, but his wife survives him.