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James Irvine
Birth: Aug. 4, 1735
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Apr. 28, 1819
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA

Revolutionary War Militia Major General. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he was the son of immigrants from Ireland. Trained as a hatter in his youth, he joined the British/American Army in 1760 after the French and Indian war had been raging for a few years. He was assigned to the Battalion commanded by Captain Samuel John Atlee. Serving in the norther frontiers of Pennsylvania, he was promoted to Captain in 1763, and participated in Colonel Henry Bouquet's 1763 punitive expedition into the Ohio Valley to quell the uprising by Ottawa Indian chief Pontiac. An ardent supporter of colonial independence, he was one of the first to openly advocate severing ties with the British. After the conflict began, he was commissioned as Lieutenant Colonel of the 1st Pennsylvania Battalion on November 25, 1775. After participating in the failed Invasion of Canada in 1776, he was commissioned as commissioned as Colonel of the 9th Pennsylvania Infantry regiment in October 1776, but held that command only briefly before being transferred to lead the 2nd Pennsylvania Infantry regiment. He held that command through the winter of 1777 and it's encampment near Morristown, New Jersey, and though until June 1, 1777. Feeling slighted by being passed over for promotion he felt he earned, he resigned in Continental Army commission that day, and returned to Philadelphia. On August 26, 1777 he was appointed as a Brigadier General of Pennsylvania Militia, and was assigned to command the state's 2nd Militia Brigade. He led his men in the October 1777 Battle of Germantown, where it held the extreme right of the army. On December 5, 1777, during a skirmish near Chestnut Hill outside of Philadelphia, he was wounded and captured by British forces. He would spend the next four years in British captivity, not being exchanged until June 1, 1781. Despite his long imprisonment, he returned to active duty immediately, and was one of the planners of the defenses of Philadelphia in the fall of 1781 when it was perceived that the British would make another attempt to occupy the city. He was placed in command of Fort Pitt (in what is today Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) in October 1781, and was commissioned as a Major General of Pennsylvania Militia, a rank he held from 1782 to 1793. After the war he served in the Supreme Executive Council of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and was the body's Vice President from 1784 to 1785. He later served in the Pennsylvania State Senate, and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania before he died in Philadelphia in 1818. (bio by: Russ Dodge) 
 
Burial:
Christ Church Burial Ground
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Section E, Plot IX
 
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Originally Created by: Russ Dodge
Record added: Aug 29, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 41289945
James Irvine
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James Irvine
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Thank you for striking several blows for freedom
- mike easterwood
 Added: Apr. 28, 2014

- bob tarte
 Added: Jan. 2, 2014
Happy Birthday, James!
- Cari
 Added: Aug. 4, 2012
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