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Feargus Edward O'Connor

(1796?-1855), Chartist leader

Sitter in 5 portraits
O'Connor was Chartism's only truly national leader. This was due in no small part to his proprietorship of the Northern Star. The paper's popularity enabled him to dominate the movement and present an aggressive 'physical force' agenda. In 1847 he was returned as MP for Nottingham, Chartism's first and only MP. The following year he presented the final national petition to Parliament, preceded by a mass demonstration at Kennington Common. After the petition's rejection Chartism entered a terminal decline. O'Connor spent his final years in a mental asylum but his funeral was attended by 50,000 mourners.

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Feargus Edward O'Connor, possibly by William Read - NPG D14396

Feargus Edward O'Connor

possibly by William Read
stipple engraving, circa 1825-1850
NPG D14396

Feargus Edward O'Connor, after Unknown artist - NPG D39348

Feargus Edward O'Connor

after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, mid 19th century
NPG D39348

Feargus Edward O'Connor, after Unknown artist - NPG D5386

Feargus Edward O'Connor

after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, mid 19th century
NPG D5386

Up-hill Work!, by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by  Ducôte & Stephens, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG D41331

Up-hill Work!

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Ducôte & Stephens, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 15 June 1835
NPG D41331

Feargus Edward O'Connor, by William Read, after  Unknown artist - NPG D21605

Feargus Edward O'Connor

by William Read, after Unknown artist
stipple and line engraving, 1840
NPG D21605


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