Lord Edward Fitzgerald

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Fitzgerald, Lord Edward


Born Oct. 15, 1763, in Carton House, County Kildare; died June 4, 1798, in Newgate jail. Irish bourgeois revolutionary.

In 1783, Fitzgerald was elected a member of the Irish Parliament. In the 1790’s he was one of the leaders of the United Irishmen. He advocated the liberation of Ireland from English domination, as well as the democratic transformation of the country. Fitzgerald was among the leaders who prepared for the armed rebellion of 1798. On May 19, not long after the start of the rebel lion, Fitzgerald was arrested; in the course of his arrest he was mortally wounded.

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