Michael George Mulhall

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Michael George Mulhall (29 September 1836 – 13 December 1900) was an Irish writer, journalist, editor and statistician, born in Dublin.

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He was the third son of Thomas Mulhall of St. Stephen's Green, Dublin. He was born at 100 Stephen's Green on 29 September 1836. He was educated at the Irish College, Rome. He went out to South America, and founded in 1861 the Buenos Ayres Standard, said to be the first daily paper in English to be printed in that continent. As a journalistic venture it was daring, but success was the ultimate reward, and Mulhall did not finally abandon his connection with the enterprise until 1894, making frequent journeys between Buenos Ayres and the British Isles.[1]

In 1869, Mulhall issued the first English book printed in Argentina, a Handbook of the River Plate, which went through six editions. In 1873, he published in London Rio Grande do Sul and its German Colonies, which was followed in 1878 by The English in South America (Buenos Ayres, 8vo). For some years previous to this Mulhall, who had a large European correspondence, had been collecting materials with a view to a survey of the whole field of his favourite study, statistics. In 1880, he brought out his Progress of the World in Arts, Agriculture, Commerce, Manufactures, Instruction, Railways, and Public Wealth, since the beginning of the Nineteenth Century, a useful supplement to the invaluable record of George Richardson Porter, which had been completed in 1851. It was followed up in 1881 by The Balance Sheet of the World, 1870-80, and in 1883 by his Dictionary of Statistics, a standard work of reference (revised editions, 1886, 1892, 1899). Few modern compilations have been more extensively used or abused. Mulhall has been charged with guess-work, but unfairly; for although some of his data are far from being as trustworthy as could be desired, his deductions are all carefully worked out, and the whole volume was most carefully printed, owing to the indefatigable zeal of his proof-corrector, Marion McMurrough Mulhall, whom he had married at Buenos Ayres in 1878, and to whom he dedicated his chief work.[1]

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