D'Arcy McGee

1868
Thomas D'Arcy McGee circa 1861 by Ellisson & Co. Source: Library and Archives Canada.Pinterest
Thomas D'Arcy McGee circa 1861 by Ellisson & Co. Source: Library and Archives Canada.

While Sir John A. Macdonald is often, rightly, called the architect of Confederation, D'Arcy McGee is known as Confederation's poet. Born in Ireland, McGee traveled to North America as a young man and became a leading journalist. He later settled in Canada and put in verse and rhetoric the words that defined the Confederation movement. Sadly, he was shot and killed by an assassin in Ottawa, in 1868.