Edmund Bailey O'Callaghan

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Edmund Bailey O'Callaghan
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Edmund Bailey O'Callaghan
Born(1797-02-27)27 February 1797
Died29 May 1880(1880-05-29) (aged 83)
Occupationdoctor, journalist, member of provincial parliament, secretary-archivist

Edmund Bailey O'Callaghan, (probably 27 February 1797 – 29 May 1880) was a doctor and journalist.[1]

Born in Mallow, County Cork, Ireland, he studied medicine in Paris and immigrated to Lower Canada in 1823 where he became involved in the political reform movement of the Parti patriote. He was registered to practice medicine in Lower Canada on 16 October 1827.

On the death of Daniel Tracey, owner of the Montreal Vindicator newspaper, in 1832 O'Callaghan became the editor and brought in Thomas Storrow Brown to work on the paper. They proved to be an irreducible adversary of Lord Gosford and the status quo. In 1834, O'Callaghan was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Lower Canada for Yamaska.[citation needed]

In 1837, during the Lower Canada Rebellion, a mandate of arrest was issued against him, and he sought refuge at Saint-Denis, then crossed the United States border with his friend, Louis-Joseph Papineau. Later, O'Callaghan became secretary-archivist of the State of New York,[2] and died there in 1880.[citation needed]


  • A Biographical Sketch of the Hon. Louis Joseph Papineau, Speaker of the House of Assembly of Lower Canada, published in the Sentinel of Saratoga Springs, New York, 1838 (online)
  • History of New Netherland ; or, New York under the Dutch, 2 volumes, New York, 1846–1848
  • Jesuit relations of discoveries and other occurrences in Canada and the northern and western states of the union, 1632–1672, New York, 1847
  • Laws and ordinances of New Netherlands, 1638–1674 ; compiled and translated from the original Dutch records in the office of the secretary of state, Albany, N.Y., 1868
  • A list of editions of the Holy Scriptures, and parts thereof, printed in America previous to 1860, Albany, 1861
  • The register of New Netherland ; 1626 to 1674, Albany, 1865


  1. ^ "Edmund Bailey O'Callaghan". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2016.
  2. ^ Klein, MILTON (November 2005), The Empire State: A History of New York, Cornell University Press, ISBN 9780801489914


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