Sir John Gray

(1816—1875) newspaper proprietor and politician

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(1816–75), MP for Kilkenny city 1865–75, a proprietor of the Freeman's Journal from 1841, and a highly influential politician. A Mayoborn Protestant with a medical degree from Glasgow, he campaigned for repeal in the 1840s, and subsequently for tenant right and disestablishment, contributing significantly to the achievement of the latter. As a member of Dublin city council from 1852 he advanced various projects of municipal improvement, for one of which—the Vartry water supply scheme—he was knighted in 1863.

From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

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