Brigadier General,United States Army
MICHAEL KERWIN DEAD
Ex-Police Commissioner and Revenue Collector Was Almost 75
NEW YORK, New York, June 21, 1912 – General Michael Kerwin, veteran of the Civil War, Collector of Internal Revenue under President Harrison, and formerly Police Commissioner of New York City, died from senile infirmities yesterday at his home, 487 West 145th Street.
General Kerwin was born in Wexford County, Ireland, August 18, 1837 and came to this country when 10 years old with his parents who settled in Philadelphia.
He enlisted with the Twenty-fourth Pennsylvania Volunteers at the outbreak of the Civil War and was mustered out in 1865 with the rank of General. He was elevated to a Colonelship for gallant service in covering the retreat of the Confederate forces across the Rappahannock when Ewell’s troops were blocked from their advance. He was three times wounded in the attack on Richmond.
At the close of the war, General Kerwin returned
to Ireland, where he led several fights and was finally imprisoned.
Coming back to America, he established a religious paper, The Tablet, and
later entered city politics.
KERWIN, CATHERINE W/O MICHAEL
Posted: 5 January 2008 Updated: 7 August 2009