O’Reilly, John Boyle, 1844-1890

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John Boyle O'Reilly was born in County Meath, Ireland, and apprenticed with a newspaper at the age of eleven. He joined the English army to persuade Irish soldiers to join the Fenian movement, and was so successful he was found guilty of treason and sentenced to death. The sentence was commuted, and he was exiled to Australia, but escaped to America and after numerous adventures settled in Boston. He lectured, wrote poetry, and joined the Boston Pilot, which he later co-owned, turning it into America's leading Irish newspaper. O'Reilly remained a prominent Fenian, and an idealist who also supported African American rights. He published four volumes of verse, two novels, and a non-fiction book promoting sport. He received honorary degrees from Notre Dame, Dartmouth, and Georgetown.
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referencedIn Conway, Katherine E. (Katherine Eleanor), 1853-1927. Katherine E. Conway Papers, 1874-1926. Boston College. John J. Burns Library
referencedIn Piatt, John James, 1835-1917. Papers of John James Piatt [manuscript], 1871-1899. University of Virginia. Library
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creatorOf Flood, John, 1841-1909. Papers. Libraries Australia
referencedIn Roche, James Jeffrey, 1847-1908. James Jeffrey Roche letters, 1870-1915, bulk 1889-1908. Boston College. John J. Burns Library
referencedIn Robert Grant papers, 1809-1940. Houghton Library
creatorOf Burnett, Frances Hodgson, 1849-1924. Manuscript poems by Longfellow, Lowell, Emerson, Holmes, Thoreau, Whittier Bryant, Aldrich and other famous American poets [manuscript], 1857-1905. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Carrington family. Carrington family papers, 1749-1929 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf O'Reilly, John Boyle, 1844-1890. Autograph card signed John Boyle O'Reilly to: Mr. Lamb June 22, 1890. Wellesley College
referencedIn Carrington family. Carrington family papers, 1749-1929 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Vol. CXIII. 1830-1892.William Wilkie Collins, author: Alexander Galt Ross, brother of Robert Baldwin Ross: Letter rel. to William Wilkie Collins: 1887.Sir Walter Besant, novelist: Alexander Galt Ross, brother of Robert Baldwin Ross: Correspondence of..., 1830-1892 British Library
referencedIn Howells family papers, 1850-1954 (inclusive). Houghton Library
creatorOf Rogers, Henry Munroe, 1839-1937,. Rogers Memorial Collection: Henry Munroe Rogers papers, 1812-1937 (inclusive), 1862-1937 (bulk). Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Sullivan, T. R. (Thomas Russell), 1849-1916. Papers, 1856-1916. American Antiquarian Society
creatorOf O'Reilly, John Boyle, 1844-1890. John Boyle O'Reilly letters, circa 1880-1885. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Ring, Thomas F. (Thomas Francis), 1841-1898. Thomas F. Ring Papers 1859-1898, (bulk 1890-1898). Boston College. John J. Burns Library
referencedIn William Warland Clapp correspondence, 1790-1891 (inclusive), 1840-1891 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894. Oliver Wendell Holmes papers, 1837-1931. Library of Congress
referencedIn Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882. Letters to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1761-1904 (bulk 1820-1888) Houghton Library
creatorOf O'Reilly, John Boyle, 1844-1890. Autograph letter signed John Boyle O'Reilly to: "My dear Miss Bates" September 19, 1887. Wellesley College
creatorOf Ernst, Carl Whilhelm, 1845-1919. Letters, 1887-1899. Boston Public Library, Central Library in Copley Square
creatorOf Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892. Letters, 1881 April 19-1890, to Mary Latham Clark and Sylvia Clark. New Hampshire Newsp Project
referencedIn Edward Webster McGlenen papers, 1857-1937 (inclusive), 1857-1890 (bulk). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf O'Reilly, John Boyle, 1844-1890. Letter, 1873 [manuscript]. Libraries Australia
referencedIn McGrath, Ruth. John Boyle O'Reilly papers. Libraries Australia
referencedIn Oliver Wendell Holmes Papers, 1837-1931 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Cahill, George D. George D. Cahill Papers, 1857-1920 (bulk 1870-1890). Boston College. John J. Burns Library
creatorOf O'Reilly, John Boyle, 1844-1890. Poems. Libraries Australia
referencedIn Guiney, Louise Imogen, 1861-1920. Letter to Anna Bensel [manuscript] 1886 February 11. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Lathrop, George Parsons, 1851-1898. Papers of George Parsons Lathrop [manuscript] , 1872-1896. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Rogers Memorial Collection: Henry Munroe Rogers papers, 1812-1937 (inclusive), 1862-1937 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn J. T. (John Townsend) Trowbridge papers, 1855-1939. Houghton Library
creatorOf O'Mara, Gillian. Transcript of shorthand on cover of John Boyle O'Reilly's note book of poems. Libraries Australia
creatorOf O'Reilly, John Boyle, 1844-1890. Autograph letters signed (2) : Boston, to Lady Wilde, 1875 Sept. 10. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Riley, John J. Certificate of vaccination and words of a song. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Cashman, D. B. [Diary of a voyage on the convict ship Hougoumont] : [on a voyage from England to Fremantle, 1867-1868] / by Denis [Cashman]. Libraries Australia
creatorOf O'Reilly, John Boyle. Letter, 188?, December 26, Boston, Mass., to Mrs. Carpenter. Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn Dennett, Mary Ware, 1872-1947. Papers: Series I, 1874-1944 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Carrington Family papers, 1749-1929 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Asbury, Howard DeGrasse. DeGrasse-Howard papers, 1776-1976 ; bulk: 1852-1883. Massachusetts Historical Society
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referencedIn Rogers Memorial Collection: Papers of James R. Osgood and A. V. S. Anthony, 1853-1912. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Price, Florence, 1888-1953. A white rose / Jno. Boyle O'Reilly ; Florence B. Price. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Erichsen, Hugo, 1860-1944. Literary papers: miscellany, 1880-1896. University of Michigan
referencedIn Sylvester Rosa Koehler Correspondence, 1877-1896 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
creatorOf O'Reilly, John Boyle. Well blest is he who has a dear one dead : poem, ca.1876-1900?. Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf O'Reilly, John Boyle, 1844-1890. John Boyle O'Reilly papers, 1857-1979, (bulk 1870-1890). Boston College. John J. Burns Library
creatorOf Denis B. Cashman Papers, 1865-1887, undated East Carolina University, Joyner Library
referencedIn Papers, 1874-1945 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Stimson, Frederic Jesup, 1855-1943. Frederic Jesup Stimson papers, 1802-1943 (bulk 1884-1936). Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Rogers, Henry Munroe, 1839-1937,. Rogers Memorial Collection: Realia, 1796-1936. Harvard University, Harvard Theater Collection, Harvard College Library
creatorOf O'Reilly, John Boyle, 1844-1890. John Boyle O'Reilly letter and poem, ca. 1880. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Jordan, M. J. M.J. Jordan Papers, 1847-1944 (bulk 1900-1920). Boston College. John J. Burns Library
referencedIn Hocking, William Ernest, 1873-1966. William Ernest Hocking Papers, 1860-1979 Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Rogers Memorial Collection: Photographs, prints, and drawings, ca. 1600-1936 (inclusive), 1861-1936 (bulk). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Pennoyer, Sylvester, 1831-1902. Sylvester Pennoyer letters [manuscript], 1889-1897. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Sam Schaefler historical and literary letters and documents, 1674-1970s Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Denis B. Cashman Papers, 1865-1887, undated East Carolina University, Joyner Library
referencedIn Papers, 1836-1942. Houghton Library
referencedIn Gazelle (Bark). Logbook, 1866 Sept. 13-1868 Jan. 4. Old Dartmouth Historical Society Library
referencedIn Capen, Elmer Hewitt, 1838-1905. ALS : [Medford], Mass., to John Boyle O'Reilly, 1889 April 10. Boston Public Library, Central Library in Copley Square
creatorOf Ryan, Abram Joseph, 1839-1886. The conquered banner ; &, Is there joy in our faces today? [manuscript] : poems. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf O'Reilly, John Boyle, 1844-1890. Jacqueminots : [n.p.] : autograph poem signed, [n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Thomas Bailey Aldrich papers, 1837-1926. Houghton Library
referencedIn Autograph File, O, 1706-1966. Houghton Library
referencedIn Oliver Wendell Holmes correspondence and compositions, 1824-1898. Houghton Library
creatorOf O'Reilly, John Boyle, 1844-1890. Papers of John Boyle O'Reilly [manuscript], 1873-1896. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Towne, Marian E. The white rose / words by John Boyle O'Reilly ; music by Marian E. Towne. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf OAC Review Index. Exchange Notes : (Poem), What is the real good / by John Boyle O'Reilly, OAC Review, v.7, no.3, Dec. 1895, p.11. University of Guelph
referencedIn O'Reilly, Mary Boyle, 1873-1939. Mary Boyle O'Reilly Papers, 1909-1937, (bulk 1914-1916). Boston College. John J. Burns Library
creatorOf O'Reilly, John Boyle, 1844-1890. ALS, 1874 June 1 : Pilot Editorial Rooms, [Boston, Mass.] to Francis H. Underwood. Haverford College Library
referencedIn Collins, Patrick A. (Patrick Andrew), 1844-1905. Letter to James Jeffrey Roche, 1891 June 13. University of Virginia. Library
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Australia--Western Australia
Massachusetts--Boston
Ireland
Massachusetts--Boston
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Authors, American--Biography
Irish Americans--History--Sources
Authors, American--Correspondence
Irish question--History--Sources
Irish Americans--19th century--Poetry
Male authors, American--19th century--Correspondence
Fenians--History--Sources
Poets, American--19th century--Poetry
Irish Americans--19th century--Correspondence
Poets, American--19th century--Correspondence
Convicts--Archives
Poets, American--Correspondence
Lectures and lecturing
Journalists--Biography
Poets, Irish--19th century--Archives
Irish Americans--Correspondence
Authors, American--Manuscripts
Journalists--Correspondence
Fenians--Correspondence
Irish Americans--Biography
Farmers--Correspondence
Journalism
Poets, American--Biographies
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Birth 1844-06-28

Death 1890-08-10

Birth 1844

Death 1890

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