Born: November 3, 1815, Camnish, County Londonderry
Died: March 20, 1875, Dromalane, County Down
John Mitchel wrote for The Nation and joined the paper full-time after Thomas Davis died. Mitchel and other Young Ireland dissidents founded the Irish Confederation. Soon, Mitchel and his colleagues started The United Irishman to fan the flames of revolution. He was arrested for treason and sentenced to fourteen years. Before his sentence was finished, Mitchel escaped and fled to America. He continued his journalism career in the States until he returned to Ireland in 1874. In 1875, he was elected to the British House of Commons but died before he could take his seat.
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