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Proceedings of the Fourth Congress at Atlanta, GA., April 28 to May 1, 1892
In Memoriam
Col. William M. Irvine, Richmond, Ky.


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.

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