O'Connor, Feargus Edward


O'Connor, Feargus Edward

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(born c. July 18, 1796, Connorville, County Cork, Ire.—died Aug. 30, 1855, London, Eng.) Irish leader of Chartism. He practiced law and served in the British Parliament (1832–35). He turned to radical agitation in England and was active in the Chartist movement as a popular public speaker. His journal Northern Star (1837) gave his views wide circulation. He became the Chartists' leader in 1841 but was unable to effect passage of the Chartist petition in 1848. After a mental collapse, he was declared insane in 1852.

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