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|Notes:||Alexander Sullivan, lawyer, was born in 1847 near Waterville, Maine, of Irish parents, and acquired a reputation as an orator in Michigan before he became of age. He later moved to Chicago, and in 1876 shot and killed Francis Hartford, the author of an anonymous letter calumniating Sullivan's wife, which had been read at a meeting of the common council. Sullivan was tried and acquitted. He was admitted to the Bar and took an honorable place in his profession. In 1883 he was chosen as first president of the Irish National League of America, whose object was to promote home rule in Ireland. In an address to President Arthur he pointed out that the British government, under the dictation of evicting landlords, first reduced their victims to pauperism and then shipped them out of the poor-houses under an assisted emigration law. Sullivan took this step with the approval of Parnell and the other home-rule leaders, by whom it was pronounced "the worst blow England had received since the war of 1812." President Arthur, after hearing Sullivan's argument, immediately ordered the emigration commissioners at New York to enforce the statute against the admission of paupers. The wide publicity given to this address did much to benefit the Irish cause. (Appleton). |
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