Patrick McCartan (1878 - 1963):
Physician and revolutionary
Patrick McCartan was born in County Tyrone. He took a degree in medicine and was appointed Resident Medical Officer of the General Hospital in New York. He returned to Ireland and in 1917 was sent as a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood to the American President with a message that Ireland intended to fight for its independence. In 1918 he was elected unopposed as member of parliament for King's County and in the same year was appointed Irish Envoy to America. Although he was opposed to the Treaty he felt that failure to accept it would lead to war. From 1948 to 1961 he was a member of the Senate.