I-7383 | Hon. Thomas D'Arcy McGee, politician, Montreal, QC, 1863

 
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Hon. Thomas D'Arcy McGee, politician, Montreal, QC, 1863
William Notman (1826-1891)
1863, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Wet collodion process
12 x 10 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
I-7383
© McCord Museum
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In December 1857, D'Arcy McGee became one of three candidates elected to represent Montreal in the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada. McGee, an Irish immigrant, was a fervent advocate of the Irish cause in both Ireland and Canada. He was gunned down in front of his Ottawa residence in April 1868 for having denounced the Fenians (an association of Irish Americans opposed to the British presence in Canada). Although the killers were never identified, suspicion fell on the heads of certain members of the Irish community of Griffintown, which was very divided over the Fenian question.