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- McGee, Thomas Darcy
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Politician and journalist Thomas D'Arcy McGee was born at Carlingford, Ireland on 13 April 1825. Emigrating to the United States at age 17, within two years he had taken over the editorship of the Boston Pilot. Returning to Ireland in 1845, he edited the nationalist newspaper Nation before fleeing to the United States following his participation in the 1848 rebellion.
For 10 years he edited newspapers in the US, then in 1857 he moved to Montreal where he established a new newspaper New Era. In the press, D'Arcy called for "the federation of British North America, a transcontinental railway, the settlement of the West, a protective tariff, and the development of a distinctive Canadian literature."
Elected to the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada in 1858, he initially worked with George Brown and the Reform Party, later supporting John A. Macdonald and George-Étienne Cartier. He attended both the Charlottetown and Quebec conferences, but in 1866 lost his cabinet post. He was outspoken in his opposition to the Fenians and their plans to conquer Canada. McGee was assassinated in Ottawa on 7 April 1868, many contemporaries maintaining that a Fenian conspiracy was involved.
James Sadlier was a Montreal bookseller and a leader of the English speaking Catholic community in Quebec.
Source: The Canadian Encyclopedia, 1988
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