W. T. Cosgrave

W. T. Cosgrave

Born Jun 6, 1880

William Thomas "W. T. " Cosgrave, was an Irish politician who succeeded Michael Collins as Chairman of the Irish Provisional Government from August to December 1922. He served as the first President of the Executive Council of the Irish Free State from 1922 to 1932.… Read More

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1880 Birth William Thomas Cosgrave, W. T., or Liam as he was generally known, was born at 174 James's Street, Dublin in 1880. … Read More


1905 25 Years Old Cosgrave first became politically active when he attended the first Sinn Féin convention in 1905.
1909 29 Years Old He was a Sinn Féin councillor on Dublin Corporation from 1909 until 1922 and joined the Irish Volunteers in 1913.


1916 36 Years Old Cosgrave played an active role in the Easter Rising of 1916 serving under Eamonn Ceannt at the South Dublin Union. … Read More
1917 37 Years Old While in prison Cosgrave won a seat for Sinn Féin in the 1917 Kilkenny by-election.
1918 38 Years Old 1 More Event
He again won an Irish seat in the 1918 general election, serving as MP for Carlow–Kilkenny.
1919 39 Years Old 1 More Event
In April 1919 Brugha resigned and Éamon de Valera, the Sinn Féin leader, who had just escaped from prison with the help of Michael Collins using a key made from a candle, assumed the premiership instead. … Read More


1920 40 Years Old In 1920 he oversaw elections to local councils in which the new system of proportional representation was used. … Read More
1921 41 Years Old Cosgrave broke with Éamon de Valera over the issue of the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921. … Read More
…  He served as the first President of the Executive Council (prime minister) of the Irish Free State from 1922 to 1932.
1924 44 Years Old 1 More Event
When he and his position were challenged by the disgruntled Army officers of the Irish Republican Army Organisation (IRAO), other politicians and soldiers took the important decisions. In March 1924 more layoffs were expected and the army officers, Major-General Liam Tobin and Colonel Charles Dalton sent an ultimatum to the government demanding an end to the demobilisation. … Read More


A general election was not required by law until the end of 1932, however, Cosgrave called one for February of that year. … Read More


…  Cosgrave became the first parliamentary leader of the new party, serving until his retirement in 1944. … Read More
1965 86 Years Old William T. Cosgrave died on 16 November 1965, aged 85.
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