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LANIGAN, George Thomas, journalist, born on St. Charles river, Canada, i0 December, 1845; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 5 February, 1886. After receiving his early education at the Montreal high school, he learned telegraphy, and worked as an operator, and afterward as superintendent of a circuit on the government telegraph-lines. During the Fenian raid of 1866 he sent important despatches to New York journals. Returning to Montreal, he established with Robert Graham and others the "Free Lance," a satirical and humorous paper, which developed into the "Evening Star," and is still published under that name. After selling his interest Mr. Lanigan came to the United States and was connected with various newspapers, he was the author of "Canadian Ballads" (Montreal, 1864); " Fables Out of the World" (New York, 1878); and a comic "Life of Andrew Jackson," which was never finished. Among his most successful humorous poems are " The Amateur Orlando" and "A Threnody for the Ahkoond of Swat."
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