Raymond Chandler’s Irish Mother. Ulysses S. Grant. Cardinal James Gibbons on this day in Irish History

July 23: TODAY in Irish History:


Today in Irish History: Curated by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks

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July 23: TODAY in Irish History:

1834: James Gibbons, American Cardinal, Bishop of Richmond from and Archbishop of Baltimore is born in Baltimore MD to parents Thomas and Bridget (née Walsh) Gibbons who had emigrated from Tourmakeady, County Mayo. Not long after his birth, the family returned to Ireland. After his father’s death in 1847 at the height of the Famine, Gibbons’ mother moved the family back to the United States.

He was elevated to Cardinal in 1886, only the second American to gain the honor.

James Gibbons Cardinal

Cardinal James Gibbons

Gibbons was an active supporter of the working class and unions at a time when labor was exploited by numerous employers, stating “”It is the right of laboring classes to protect themselves, and the duty of the whole people to find a remedy against avarice, oppression, and corruption.”


1883: Ulysses S. Grant dies after a long painful battle with throat cancer. Grant’s great grandfather John Simpson was born in Northern Ireland around 1738.

Grant visited Ireland 1879, after he left the White House. His reception ranged from heroic in Northern Ireland to a rebuff from Cork Corporation who declined to invite a man they deemed to be anti-Catholic which does not seem to be particularly accurate and something which General Sherman and others totally disagreed with.


Ulysses S. Grant

Ulysses S. Grant


1888: Crime novelist Raymond Chandler (Farewell my Lovely, The Big Sleep) is born in Chicago to Waterford born Florence Thornton. After her marriage dissolved Thornton returned to Waterford with a young Raymond.

Raymond Chandler

Raymond Chandler

 Raymond Chandler’s Waterford Connection

See also Woolly Days


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