I-7383.1 | 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 paper mounted on paper - Albumen process
8 x 5 cm
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Irish by birth, Thomas D'Arcy McGee (1825-1868) would come to play a key role in Confederation. Over the course of his career he would serve as a journalist, publisher, poet and politican.

In 1857, D'Arcy McGee was elected to the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada on the Reform ticket. In 1863 he switched sides, going over to the Conservative government, which appointed him to Cabinet. He played an active role in the Charlottetown and Quebec City conferences leading up to Confederation.

D'Arcy McGee came to a tragic end, being shot dead in what was generally believed to be a Fenian plot (the Fenians were Irish Americans opposed to the British presence in Canada). His heated opposition to the movement for Irish independence and the Fenian cause is said to have provoked the ire of Irish immigrants and led to his murder.