William Addison Magee, Jr
Born May 4, 1873, the son of Edward Simpson and Elizabeth (Sees) Magee; the older brother of Charles Magee; and nephew of Chris Magee, William Addison Magee, was born on May 4, 1873, in Pittsburgh's Hill District neighborhood, the site of the present day Mellon Arena and the region's hub for African American culture. He was educated in public schools and Pittsburgh High School. He was admitted to the Allegheny county bar in June, 1895. Two years later he was appointed assistant district attorney for Allegheny County; resigned and became a candidate for common council from the Twenty-third ward of Pittsburgh; elected and re-elected in 1900, serving in council until he was elected to the state Senate on April 16, 1901, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of his uncle, Christopher Lyman Magee. The Senator was elected mayor of Pittsburgh, 1909-1914, boasting an aggressive and successful civic improvement campaign – mostly streets and bridges, and the famous "Hump cut." Another of his notable improvements was the opening of “Forbes Field,” home of the Pirates. He is also known for his introduction to the city of a motorized police force. He was reelected to a second term, 1922-1926. Magee’s legacy (named as a gift to Uncle Chris) also includes Magee-Women's Hospital and Magee Street. The Hon. William A. Magee, Jr, died in 1938.
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