Thomas D'Arcy Mcgee, an Irish journalist, born in Carlingford, Ireland, April 13, 1825, assassinated in Ottawa, Canada, April 7, 1868. In 1842 he emigrated to America, taking up his residence in Boston, where he became a contributor to and soon editor of "The Pilot," a Roman Catholic newspaper. In 1845 he returned to Great Britain, and became parliamentary correspondent of the Dublin "Freeman's Journal." The repeal movement of 1846 having failed, McGee became a leading writer for the Dublin "Nation," and was secretary of the "Irish Confederation," an association which disapproved of O'Connell's policy. In 1848 McGee again came to the United States, where for nine years he published a newspaper, at first called " The New York Nation" and afterward "The American Celt," devoted mainly to the interests of adopted citizens. He also delivered numerous lectures, and established societies to promote emigration and naturalization. In 1857 he removed to Montreal, Canada, where he established a tri-weekly newspaper, " The New Era." He was soon elected a member of the provincial parliament, and was subsequently returned at each successive election until his death. He was twice a member of the colonial ministry as secretary for agriculture and emigration, and once as president of the executive council.

He was an early advocate of the confederation of the British American colonies, and framed the draft of the plan of union which has been substantially carried into effect. He was returning from a night session of parliament, when he was shot at the door of his hotel by a man named Whealen, in consequence, it is supposed, of his opposition to the Fenian movement. McGee wrote numerous works, including " History of the Irish Settlers in North America, from the earliest period to 1850 " (Boston, 1851); " History of Attempts to establish the Protestant Reformation in Ireland " (1853); " Sketches of O'Connell and his Friends" (1854); " Catholic History of North America, and the Relations of Ireland and America " (1855); " Popular History of Ireland " (2 vols. 8vo, New York, 1863); and " Speeches and Addresses on the British American Union " (London, 1865). A volume of his poems has been published with an introduction by Mrs. Sadlier (New York, 1870).

Macgeoghegan, James

James Macgeoghegan, an Irish historian, born near Mullingar, county Westmeath, about 1698, died in Paris, probably in 1760. He was the son of a farmer, was educated for the church at Rheims and took holy orders, was attached to a church in Paris, and became chaplain of the famous Irish brigade. At the request of several exiled nobles and chiefs in the brigade, he wrote his " History of Ireland, Ancient and Modern," published in French (1758; English translation by Patrick O'Kelly, 3 vols., Dublin, 1835; 1 vol., 1844). It has been reprinted in New York, with a continuation from the treaty of Limerick to a recent date, by John Mitchel (1868).