Isaac Butt

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Butt, Isaac


Born Sept. 6, 1813, in Glenfin, County Donegal; died May 5, 1879, in Dublin. Irish political figure.

Butt was a professor of political economy at Dublin University (from 1836), a journalist, and an attorney. In the 1860’s he was prominent as a defense attorney in several trials of participants in the Irish liberation movement. In 1870 he was one of the founders of the Association for the Home Government of Ireland (after 1873, the Irish Home Rule League) and one of the leaders of the Irish opposition in the British Parliament. In the struggle for Irish self-government Butt supported moderate tactics and criticized the method of parliamentary obstruction. As a result, Butt lost his influence in the Home Rule League, and Charles Parnell became its leader.

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References to his followers as "disciples" and reaching the "promised land" of Home Rule (64) do much to strengthen Roy Foster's marvelous imagery of Isaac Butt playing "John the Baptist to Parnell's Messiah" (Words Alone: Yeats and his Inheritances, Oxford, 2011, 87).
Laura Young, trainer of Isaac Butt "He's going up there with Tail Of The Bank, who is my main hope.
Home Rule leader Isaac Butt defended Fox against tyranny of poor law commissioners: "What man with any decency or manly feeling in his breast would venture to join such an outrage against a defenseless woman, even though that woman be a friendless and hopeless pauper?
Yet he was the personal choice of Isaac Butt, the leader of the Home Rulers at Westminster.
With the Fenians licking their wounds after the failure of '67, the Home Rule issue had become the main focus of Irish politicians and was espoused in the House of Commons by Isaac Butt whose love for Ireland was equalled only by his awe of the British Parliament.
The same problems do crop up again and again in Ireland: Isaac Butt found himself sandwiched between Nationalists hungry for results and a disinterested British government whilst seventy years later, John Redmond, during the first World War, had the same problem.
Ireland's maestro of the airwaves joins an illustrious list of names who have become Freemen since Isaac Butt in September 1876.
IN THE FIRST TWENTY-THREE-PAGES of his book, Alvin Jackson discusses the political, economic, and social changes preparing the way for Isaac Butt to launch the Home Government Association in 1870.
There are essays on the formation of the Union, the roles of Isaac Butt and Sir Horace Plunkett, the development of pro-Union feeling, the opposition of Protestant churches to the call for home rule, Unionist literature and an interesting essay on scientists against home rule.
A study of the individuals and institutions that had defining influence on the poet, the volume offers portraits of figures such as Isaac Butt and Thomas Davis; Irish architects J.