Raymond Chandler – Ulysses S. Grant – Arbishop James Gibbons at Today in Irish History

July 23: TODAY in Irish History:

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Raymond Chandler

Raymond Chandler

Snippets of Irish History by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks 

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1834: Bishop James Gibbons

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

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. This does not seem to be particularly accurate and something which the Catholic Generals William T. Sherman and “Little Phil” Sheridan,  and others totally disagreed with.


Ulysses S. Grant
Ulysses S. Grant


READ: Full text of General U. S. Grant’s tour around the world

1888: Novelist Raymond Chandler

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

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