Michael Davitt, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Michael Davitt

Irish republican and nationalist agrarian agitator

Date of Birth: 25-Mar-1846

Place of Birth: Strade, Connacht, Ireland

Date of Death: 30-May-1906

Profession: politician, journalist

Zodiac Sign: Aries

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About Michael Davitt

  • Michael Davitt (25 March 1846 – 30 May 1906) was an Irish republican activist for a variety of causes, especially Home Rule and land reform.
  • Following an eviction when he was four years old, Davitt's family emigrated to England.
  • He began his career as an organizer of the physical-force Irish Republican Brotherhood.
  • Convicted of treason felony for arms trafficking in 1870, he served seven years in prison.
  • Upon his release, Davitt pioneered the New Departure strategy of cooperation between the physical-force and constitutional wings of Irish nationalism on the issue of land reform.
  • With Charles Stewart Parnell, he co-founded the Irish National Land League in 1879, in which capacity he enjoyed the peak of his influence before being jailed again in 1881.
  • Davitt traveled widely, giving lectures around the world, supported himself through journalism, and served as Member of Parliament (MP) for the Irish Parliamentary Party (IPP) during the 1890s.
  • When the party split over Parnell's divorce, Davitt joined the anti-Parnellite Irish National Federation.
  • His Georgist views on the land question put him on the left wing of Irish nationalism, and he was a vociferous advocate of alliance between the Radical faction of the Liberal Party and the IPP.

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