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army officer , temporary governor Montana

Thomas Francis Meagher, Irish army officer, temporary governor. Montana.


Meagher, Thomas Francis was born on August 3, 1823 in Waterford, Ireland. Son of Thomas and Miss (Quan) Meagher.


Graduate Stonyhurst College, Preston, England, 1843.


Joined “Young Ireland” party, 1846. Banished for Irish revolutionary activities, came to the United States, 1853. Admitted to New York bar, 1855.

Joined 69th New York Regiment, United States Volunteers, 1861, commander New York City Irish Brigade, 1862. Served as acting major during 1st Battle of Bull Run. Appointed brigadier general Irish brigade, 1863, served in 2d Battle of Bull Run, battles of Fredericksburg and Antietam.

Commanded District of Etowah, 1864. Appointed territorial secretary Montana, 1865. Temporary governor Montana, 1865-1866.

Author: Speeches on the Legislative Independence of Ireland, 1852.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Speeches on the Legislative Independence of Ireland, 1852.


Married Miss Bennett, February 22, 1851. Married second, Elizabeth Townsend, November 14, 1855.

Thomas Meagher

Miss (Quan) Meagher

Elizabeth Townsend

Miss Bennett