Éamon de Valera

Éamon de Valera

Birth
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 29 Aug 1975 (aged 92)
Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Burial Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Memorial ID 4129 · View Source
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Irish Patriot, Third President of Ireland. He is remembered for his rebellious Irish patriotism in the early 20th Century and later, becoming one of the country's most prominent statesman and political leaders. In Ireland's active revolt in 1913, he was active being part of the Fenians and commanded the Bolands Mills during the 1916 Easter Rising. He was court-marshaled, sentenced to death, then life in prison, and mercifully given amnesty eventually. He was imprisoned in England's Lincoln Prison and escaped in 1918. In 1917 he became the president of Sinn Fein, the political party of the Irish Republican Army, Leaving Ireland in a disguise, he visited the United States soliciting a loan for $6 million to support the cause. He opposed the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921. He established the Fianna Fail political party in 1926, which has been the most prominent party in Ireland since the 1930s. He served as taoiseach or the country's prime minister from 1932 to 1948, 1951 to 1954, and 1957 to 1959, and he was the third President of Ireland from 1959 to 1973. At his retirement in 1973 at the age of 90, he was the oldest head of state in the world. In 1937 he made the country a “sovereign” state, renamed Ireland or Erie. His face was on the cover of “Time” magazine in the March 25, 1940 issue with an article, “Eire: Prime Minister of Freedom.” His academic attainments also inspired wide respect, and he became the chancellor of the National University of Ireland in 1921. During World War II, Ireland remain neutral. Born in New York City, his father was Spanish and his mother Irish. His father died when he was two years old. At that point, he was sent to live with his mother's family in County Limerick, Ireland. After attending national schools, he graduated from the Royal University in Dublin. As a mathematics teacher, he had a passion to learn the Irish language and studied Gaelic under the instructions of Sinéad Ni Fhlannagain, who he married on January 8. 1910. The couple were the parents of five sons and two daughters. Their son Brian was died after being thrown from a horse while riding in the park in July of 1935. He died of pneumonia while in a nursing home. His and his wife died within months of each other at an age over 90 years old.

Bio by: Linda Davis



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  • Added: 8 Dec 1998
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Éamon de Valera (14 Oct 1882–29 Aug 1975), Find a Grave Memorial no. 4129, citing Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland ; Maintained by Find A Grave .