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Thomas D'Arcy McGee

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Thomas D'Arcy McGee His Life Thomas D'Arcy McGee live from (April 1825 to April 1868). He was a poet,father,politician. He was born in Carlingford Ireland. The son of James McGee and Dorcas Catherine Morgan. While he was still a child, the family moved to Wexford, where he received an informal education.In the year 1842 he had left Ireland to come to North America after joining the Boston pilot it is a Catholic newspaper. The hate In 1845 he returned to Ireland were he continued his writing. He married Mary Teresa Caffrey. Later he was forced to flee to America. In America he tried to make irish rights a big thing down there he fail. Then he moved to Montreal in 1857 at the invitation of the local Irish community. His education Thomas D'Achy McGee went to school in wexford. His hunger for learning grew but he hunger died down after he learned about the irish rebellion. 1840 after the death of his mother August 22, 1833. He sailed from Wexford harbor aboard the brig Leo, bound for the United States via Quebec, Canada.On the Leo he wrote many poem about his mother. he went into a small depression His Mothers Death His Work in Parliament When the government was reorganized in 1863, however, he was omitted from it; and he then transferred his allegiance to the Conservatives. He became minister of agriculture in the second Taché-MacDonald government of 1864, and he continued to hold this portfolio in the "Great Coalition" until 1867. He was a delegate to the Charlottetown and Quebec Conferences in 1864, and he contributed in a peculiar degree to the success of the Confederation movement. From the moment of his arrival in Canada, he had preached the doctrine of "the new nationality" His Views On Confederation http://faculty.marianopolis.edu/c.belanger/quebechistory/encyclopedia/ThomasDArcyMcGee-HistoryofCanada.htm McGee was an early visionary of Confederation. In the pages of the New Era, he called for the construction of a new nationality through the unification of British North America. He also lobbied for the construction of a railroad, and for the creation of a province for Aboriginal peoples. In 1860, he said, "I see in the not remote distance one great nationality bound like the shield of Achilles, by the blue rim of ocean ... I see within the ground of that shield the peaks of the western mountains and the crests of the eastern waves." In 1864, McGee helped to organize the Canadian Visit, a diplomatic goodwill tour of the Maritimes that served as a prelude to the first Confederation conference. During this tour, McGee delivered many speeches in support of union and lived up to his reputation as the most talented political orator of the era. He was a delegate to the Charlottetown Conference and the Québec Conference. In 1865 he delivered two speeches on the union of the provinces, which were subsequently bound and published. http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/confederation/023001-4000.52-e.html As a young man, McGee had become involved with a group of nationalists who advocated rebellion against England. Now McGee was a harsh critic of another Irish separatist movement called the Fenian Brotherhood. He condemned violence and all secret societies that preached it. His assassination He as still a young man when it happen it shock all of Canada.On April 6, 1868, shortly after 1 a.m., McGee left Parliament Hill after a late sitting. He walked to a boarding house where he stayed while in Ottawa. As he was turning his key in the lock, McGee was shot in the head and died immediately. Some may say he died because of his irish believes.His killer was James Patrick Whelan, whom they assumed to be a Fenian. In his pocket they found a revolver, which had recently been fired. By: Ashniel Pratap
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