The major portion of the Irish Papers is the correspondence of John Powell Irish. Included in the collection are the correspondence
received by Irish; (not complete) eight items of a biographical nature written by Irish about members of his family and close
friends; several legal papers; a scrapbook of editorials; and a book of Irish's speeches, addresses and briefs. In addition,
there are articles written by Irish on subjects with which he was closely associated at one time or another during his life.
John Powell Irish (Colonel), editor, attorney, farmer, law-maker, and official was born in Iowa City, Iowa, January 1, 1843.
He was educated in the primitive public schools of the frontier. As a young man, Irish was a school teacher and then was admitted
to the bar in Iowa before he entered journalism as a profession. For twenty years he was editor of the Iowa State Press. In Iowa he was three times elected a representative to the state legislature, 1869-1872. He married Annie Fletcher in 1872.
In 1880 he moved to California where he later was editor of the Oakland Times and the Alta California.
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