James Thomson (Pittsburgh mayor)
James Thomson served as Mayor of Pittsburgh from 1841 to 1842.

Early life

Thomson was born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania
Franklin County, Pennsylvania
As of the census of 2000, there were 129,313 people, 50,633 households, and 36,405 families residing in the county. The population density was 168 people per square mile . There were 53,803 housing units at an average density of 70 per square mile...

, in 1790 and arrived in Pittsburgh in 1812. From 1812 to 1825, he operated a jewelry store, making and repairing watches on Market Street. In 1825, he began an engine building business.

After one term as mayor, Mr. Thomson renewed his energies in the engine fabrication industry. His firm also built railroad freight cars.

From 1853 until 1871, Thomson was the engineer for the Pittsburgh Gas Works. He is buried in Allegheny Cemetery
Allegheny Cemetery
Allegheny Cemetery is one of the largest and oldest burial grounds in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.It is a nonsectarian, wooded hillside park located at 4734 Butler Street in the Lawrenceville neighborhood and bounded by Bloomfield, Garfield, and Stanton Heights...



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