At the 1885 general election he was elected unopposed as an Irish Parliamentary Party MP for the newly created West Donegal constituency. He was re-elected unopposed in 1886, and resigned from the House of Commons of the United Kingdom on 19 May 1890 by becoming Steward of the Manor of Northstead.
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- Department of Information Services (9 June 2009). "Appointments to the Chiltern Hundreds and Manor of Northstead Stewardships since 1850" (PDF). House of Commons Library. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 February 2011. Retrieved 23 June 2009.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Patrick O'Hea
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1885 – 1890
James Joseph Dalton
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