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Theobald Wolfe Tone (1763 - 1798):
United Irishman

Wolfe Tone was born in Dublin and was educated at Trinity College, Dublin. In 1787 he was called to the Bar and wrote a pamphlet, An Argument on Behalf of the Catholics of Ireland in 1791. In the same year he was invited to Belfast by Thomas Russell, where he helped to found the Society of United Irishmen. When he returned to Dublin he established a branch there. A year later he became the assistant secretary of the Catholic Committee and the principal organiser of the Catholic Convention, though he was a Protestant. In 1795 he went to Philadelphia and then to Paris in 1796, where he galvanised support for Ireland.

he ship on which Tone sailed in 1798 was captured by the British off Lough Swilly and he was taken prisoner and sentenced to death by hanging. He committed suicide in prison in Dublin.

Born: 20 June 1763
Died: 19 November 1798
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