Born: October 14, 1814, County Cork
Died: September 16, 1845
Thomas Davis is remembered as one of the most talented, persuasive writers of his time. He was affiliated with The Nation and helped to found a historical society of which he became auditor. He and John Blake Dillon, a fellow journalist, joined Daniel O'Connell's Repeal Association although Davis felt there was much more to be done and was eager for action. Davis, Dillon, and Charles Gavan Duffy started the Young Ireland movement to promote independence. Davis took ill with scarlet fever and died in 1845, missing the Young Ireland rebellion of 1848 by three years.
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