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. … Read More


1918 38 Years Old He again won an Irish seat in the 1918 general election, this time for Kilkenny North.
1919 39 Years Old Although he and many other elected Sinn Féin MP's were still in prison at the time, 27 free Sinn Féin MP's, in accordance with their party's manifesto, refused to go to Westminster and instead formed the First Dáil, at which Cosgrave took his seat after he was released from prison in 1919. On 24 June 1919 Cosgrave married Louisa Flanagan in Dublin. … 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.
1923 43 Years Old Although Cosgrave and his government accepted dominion status for the Irish Free State, they did not trust the British to respect this new independence. The government embarked on fairly radical foreign initiatives. In 1923 the Irish Free State became a member of the League of Nations. … Read More
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


1932 52 Years Old 1 More Event
Perhaps the best endorsement made of Cosgrave came from his old rival Éamon de Valera, with whom he was reconciled before his death. De Valera once in 1932 and later close to his own death, made two major comments. … Read More


1944 64 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Cosgrave became the first parliamentary leader of the new party, serving until his retirement in 1944. … Read More
1965 86 Years Old Died on November 16, 1965.
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