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Bernard J. McKenna (February 16, 1842 – June 18, 1903) was the Mayor of Pittsburgh from 1893 to 1896.

Early life[]

Mayor McKenna was born in 1842 and served in the American Civil War. Upon returning home to Pittsburgh he worked with iron, working his way up to become a labor union official in the industry. McKenna also was active in the volunteer and then professional Pittsburgh fire department. In 1875 he was elected to the city council.

Pittsburgh politics[]

From his home at 6325 Marchland Street he launched a successful bid to become Mayor in 1893. His administration oversaw the completion of the Highland Park Zoo, and the Carnegie Library's main branch was also completed during his time in office.

Later life[]

Mayor McKenna died in 1903 and is buried in St. Mary's Cemetery in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Lawrenceville.

See also[]

  • List of Mayors of Pittsburgh

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