Daniel Florence O'Leary

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Daniel Florence O'Leary
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Native name Dónall Fínín Ó Laoghaire
Born c. 1802
Cork, Ireland
Died 1854
Santa Fe de Bogota, Colombia
Allegiance Venezuelan republicans
Rank Brigadier general

Daniel Florence O'Leary (Irish: Dónall Fínín Ó Laoghaire; c. 1802-1854) was a military general and aide-de-camp under Simón Bolívar.


He was born in Cork, Ireland; his father was Jeremiah O'Leary, a butter merchant. In 1817, he emigrated to South America.[1]

Unlike many of the Irish who fought for Bolívar in his many campaigns to win South American independence, O'Leary had not served in the Napoleonic Wars.

In 1827 he married Soledad Soublette, the younger sister of General Carlos Soublette, with whom he had nine children.

After Bolívar's death in 1830, O'Leary disobeyed orders to burn the general's personal documents. He and his son Simon Bolivar O' Leary spent much of the rest of his lifes organizing them, along with writing his own very extensive memoirs (spanning thirty-four volumes) of his time fighting in the revolutionary wars with Bolívar. He died in Bogotá, Colombia. He is buried in the National Pantheon of Venezuela.

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  1. ^ McNerney, Jr., Robert F. (January 1966). "Daniel Florence O'Leary, Soldier, Diplomat, and Historian". The Americas: 292–312. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 

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