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James Irvin

James Irvin (February 18, 1800 – November 28, 1862) was an American politician. Irvin was a prominent agriculturalist and ironmaster in Centre County, Pennsylvania. Irvin represented Pennsylvania's 14th congressional district in the 27th United States Congress, and Pennsylvania's 14th congressional district in the 28th United States Congress. Irvin unsuccessfully ran for governor of Pennsylvania in 1847, losing to incumbent governor Francis Rawn Shunk.

In 1855, the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania chartered the Farmer's High School. The school's trustees decided to build the school on 200 acres (0.81 km2) of Centre County land donated by Irvin. That Farmer's High School is now The Pennsylvania State University. Irvin Hall, one of Penn State's oldest residential halls, is named in his honor.

Irvin died in Hecla, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, on November 28, 1862. He is buried in Union Cemetery in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
George McCulloch
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 14th congressional district

Succeeded by
Alexander Ramsey
Preceded by
Almon Heath Read
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 17th congressional district

Succeeded by
John Blanchard


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