William Wirt Winchester

William Wirt Winchester (June 22, 1837 – March 7, 1881) was the treasurer of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company, a position he held until his death in 1881.

William Wirt Winchester
Born(1837-06-22)June 22, 1837
DiedMarch 7, 1881(1881-03-07) (aged 43)
Resting placeEvergreen Cemetery
Known forWinchester Repeating Arms Company
(m. 1862)
Parent(s)Oliver Fisher Winchester
Jane Ellen Hope


He was born on June 22, 1837, to Oliver Fisher Winchester and Jane Ellen Hope in Baltimore, Maryland. His siblings include: Ann Rebecca Winchester (1835-1864) who married Charles B. Dye; and Hannah Jane Winchester who married Thomas Gray Bennett. William married Sarah Lockwood Pardee on September 30, 1862. The couple had one known child, Annie Pardee Winchester, born June 15, 1866, who died 6 weeks later on July 25 from marasmus[citation needed]. William died in New Haven, Connecticut, on March 7, 1881, of tuberculosis. He was buried in Evergreen Cemetery in New Haven. After his death, his wife, Sarah, became notable for building Llanada Villa, later known as Winchester Mystery House.


The William Wirt Winchester Hospital in West Haven, Connecticut, was established by his wife Sarah for the treatment of tuberculosis. The hospital was later sold and became a Veteran's Administration Hospital. The Private Pavilion at Yale New Haven Hospital was then renamed in his honour.[1]



Business positions
Preceded by
President of Winchester Repeating Arms Company
Succeeded by