Mercer Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
See also Stroud Way, which was originally named Mercer Street.
Mercer Street
Neighborhood Crawford-Roberts
Origin of name Hugh Mercer

Mercer Street is named for General Hugh Mercer (1726–1777), a Scottish soldier and physician who served in the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War.[1] He was part of the November 1758 expedition of General John Forbes (eponym of Forbes Avenue) that captured the Point from the French. Afterward, Forbes left Mercer in command with a small force, and they built Mercer's Fort, a temporary fortification that served as a winter shelter until construction on Fort Pitt began the following March. Later Mercer, by then a Virginian, fought on the American side during the Revolution and fell in the Battle of Princeton on January 3, 1777.[2][1]

Mercer was the inspiration for Graeme Stewart, a character in a 1908 historical novel, "The Head of Iron,"[3] for whom Graeme Street was probably named; see Market Place.


  1. 1.0 1.1 George T. Fleming. "Wood's [sic] plan of Pittsburgh: Thomas Vickroy's account of the survey of 1784 and parts taken in city's early life by Craig and Bayard." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Dec. 13, 1914, sec. 2, p. 2. 85908612. [view source]fleming-woods
  2. Stuart P. Boehmig. Downtown Pittsburgh, pp. 15–18. Images of America. Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, S. C., 2007, ISBN 978-0-7385-5042-8. LCCN 2007922534. [view source]boehmig-downtown
  3. Burd Shippen Patterson. "The Head of Iron": A romance of colonial Pennsylvania, p. v. T. M. Walker, Pittsburgh, 1908. Google Books rw8ZAAAAYAAJ; Historic Pittsburgh 00awk9111m. [view source]patterson