Archive for May, 1847

May 15, 1847

Daniel O’Connell died on this day in 1847. Often referred to as The Liberator or The Emancipator, O’Connell was a gifted orator. Born in County Kerry on August 6, 1775, he studied law and became a barrister in 1798. In 1811, he established the Catholic Board, championing Catholic emancipation. In 1841, he became the firstRead more..

May 4, 1847

New York State creates a Board of Commissioners of Emigration. Two-thirds of all emigration to America came through New York from the 1780s to the 1880s. With the onset of the Famine and thousands of Irish emigrants arriving in a constant stream, benevolent societies were established and lobbied New York State to set up aRead more..