Nixon Street

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Nixon Street
Neighborhood Manchester
Origin of name Hezekiah Nixon

Nixon Street appears in the 1852 map of R. E. McGowin.[1] It is named for Hezekiah Nixon (1802–1858), fourth mayor of Allegheny City (1844–1845), earlier the president of Common Council, later a member of Select Council, and finally Recorder of Deeds for Allegheny County.[2][3]

Bob Regan includes "Nixon" in a list of streets named for noted historical people, but unfortunately he gives no further details.[4] It is clear that the street is not named for President Richard Nixon (1913–1994), who was born over 60 years after the street was named.


  1. R. E. McGowin. Map of the Cities of Pittsburgh and Allegheny and of the Boroughs of South-Pittsburgh, Birmingham, East-Birmingham, Lawrenceville, Duquesne & Manchester etc. Schuchman & Haunlein, Pittsburgh, 1852. [view source]mcgowin-1852
  2. George T. Fleming. "Old Allegheny families are honored: Pioneer rope makers' name given to prominent North Side street: Others on the list." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, July 2, 1916, sec. 5, p. 2. 85766180. [view source]fleming-old-allegheny
  3. Writers' Program of the Works [sic] Projects Administration in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Story of Old Allegheny City, 1994 reprint ed., pp. 122–123. American Guide Series. Allegheny City Society, Pittsburgh, 1994, ISBN 1-884856-01-2. LCCN 94070104. Originally published by the Allegheny Centennial Committee, Pittsburgh, 1941. [view source]old-allegheny-city
  4. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, p. 63. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan