Michael Davitt

(1846—1906) Irish nationalist

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Michael Davitt (b. 1950)


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Irish nationalist. Born in the famine period, Davitt lost his right arm in an accident in a Lancashire cotton‐mill when he was 12. He joined the Fenians and in 1870 was sentenced to fifteen years in gaol. Released after seven years, in October 1879 he formed the Irish Land League, with Parnell as president. He took a hostile line to Parnell after the divorce scandal and was returned to Parliament in 1895. Though his early belief in violence moderated, Davitt alienated many supporters by his anticlerical views and his collectivist attitude towards land questions.

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