James Gardner Wyman

James Gardner Wyman

Male 1851 - 1910  (59 years)

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  • Name James Gardner Wyman 
    Born 18 Jan 1851  West Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1880  Allegheny, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 20 Mar 1910  Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Union Dale Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3665  Wyman
    Last Modified 28 Dec 2020 

    Father James Earl Wyman Click to preview: James Earl Wyman,   b. 22 May 1823, West Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Sep 1880, West Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Ward Click to preview: Elizabeth Ward,   b. 1827, Madison, Carroll, New Hampshire, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Sep 1869, Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Arlington, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Married 28 Mar 1847  West Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F1714  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Martha Fletcher Click to preview: Martha Fletcher,   b. 1859, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 May 1895, , Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years) 
    Married Abt 1876  Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Arthur Luke Wyman Click to preview: Arthur Luke Wyman,   b. 2 Sep 1878, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jan 1957, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     2. Howard Fletcher Wyman Click to preview: Howard Fletcher Wyman,   b. 13 Mar 1880, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Dec 1950  (Age 70 years)
     3. James Earl Wyman Click to preview: James Earl Wyman,   b. 5 Nov 1882, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Dec 1950  (Age 68 years)
     4. Mary E. Wyman Click to preview: Mary E. Wyman,   b. 3 Jan 1885, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Apr 1943  (Age 58 years)
     5. Jane B. Wyman Click to preview: Jane B. Wyman,   b. 27 Jan 1887, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 May 1954  (Age 67 years)
     6. Florence Wyman Click to preview: Florence Wyman,   b. 17 Aug 1890, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1952, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
    Last Modified 26 Feb 2010 
    Family ID F1717  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Dorothy Watson Click to preview: Dorothy Watson,   b. 30 Jun 1877, , , Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Oct 1943, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Married 1896 
    Children 
     1. Gardner S. Wyman Click to preview: Gardner S. Wyman,   b. 14 Jul 1904, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Sep 1935  (Age 31 years)
    Last Modified 24 Jun 2019 
    Family ID F1718  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 18 Jan 1851 - West Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1876 - Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1880 - Allegheny, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 Mar 1910 - Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Union Dale Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
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  • Notes 
    • 'James G. Wyman Died Yesterday', The Pittsburg Press, March 21, 1910, p. 8. a 'victim of a double attack of typhoid-pneumonia'

      James Gardner Wyman, was the one who extended the Wyman line to the Pittsburgh area from West Cambridge, Massachusetts (now called Arlington). He was bom there on January 18, 1851. James G. Wyman graduated from high school at age 19, and secured a clerkship with a Boston importer, J. C. Taylor & Co. He remained with this company for five years, then started his own contracting business. About a year later, he moved to Pittsburgh. We don't know what attracted him to this specific area of the country. 'In 1876 he came to Allegheny [Allegheny City was the name of the North Side section of the city before it was annexed in 1907 by the city of Pittsburgh.], arriving on July 7, and at once establishing himself in the contracting business [this business, according to, Raymond Wyman, was most likely 'honey dipping.' It wouldn't be too long after becoming mayor of old Allegheny that Jim Wyman would again be 'deep in it in a different way] ... He soon became popular and being active in politics, was elected to Common Council in 1881 and to the Select branch in 1882, serving until 1884, when he was elected Mayor [of Allegheny City].' James G. Wyman was only 33 years old when he was first elected mayor of Allegheny City in 1884; he served until 1887. He was elected to a second term in 1890, and served until 1892, when he resigned, most likely because he was on his way to jail for a term of three months for an unspecified malfeasance. Known as the ' Stormy Petrel' of Allegheny politics, James G. Wyman was the only mayor of Allegheny to be impeached.[Workers of the Writer's Program of the Works Project's Administration in the Commonwealth of Pa., 'Mayors,' Story of Old Allegheny City, (Pittsburgh, 1941), pp. 130.] He served two more te mayor from 1900 until 1906. 'Under the famous 'Ripper bill' ex-Govemor William A. Stone displaced him from office [early in 1901] and appointed John R. Murphy City Recorder, the bill designating that as the official title of the chief executive of the city. In 1903 Mr. Wyman was elected City Recorder by an overwhelming majority, the only City Recorder ever elected by the voice of the people. After he was elected City Recorder in 1903, the State Legislature passed an act making the title of the chief executive of the city that of 'Mayor.'

      Despite his problems with observing the letter of the law and his quarrelsome nature, James G. Wyman was popular enough with the residents of Allegheny City to serve four terms as mayor and to be sent as delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1900, which nominated William McMnley and Teddy Roosevelt. William M. Rimmel's 'Out of the Past' column that appeared for many years in the Pittsbumh PostGazette with several examples of colorful events during Jim Wyman's tenure: the construction of the first refuse-burning facility for Allegheny City; the ordinance that required residents to scrub the sidewalks in front of their homes every Saturday morning or face a five dollar fine-which was really a ploy to raise money, needed because of the constant financial troubles during Jim Wyman's terms-and the following one that required residents to obtain a five dollar 'sprinkling permit' for the water to scrub their sidewalks; the proposal in 1886 to install and the eventual installation in 1893 of the first electric street lights in the city; his purchase, over the Council's objection, of the city's first police patrol wagon.

      Shortly after arriving in Allegheny, James G. Wyman married Martha Fletcher with whom he had six children: Arthur; Howard; Earl; Mary; Jennie; and Florence. In his later years he married Dorothy Watson by whom he had an additional son, Gardner Wyman. Jim Wyman died on March 20, 1910, 'a victim of a double attack of typhoid-pneumonia. The Wyman family home at 545 McClintock Street off Perrysville Avenue has been restored( maybe designated a historical landmark.)

  • Sources 
    1. [S977] Arlington, Mass Vital Records.