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McCARTHY, Justin, Irish author, born in Cork, Ireland, 22 November, 1830. He was liberally educated in his native city, and from 1846 till 1853 he was connected with the Cork "Examiner." He then joined the staff of the " Northern Times" at Liverpool. In 1860 he was a reporter in the house of commons for the London " Morning Star," of which he was subsequently foreign editor, and in 1864 chief editor. In 1868 he resigned, in order to visit the United States, where he remained for nearly three years, lecturing and travelling. Before his return to England he was employed for a time on the editorial staff of the New York "Tribune," and also on that of the New York " Independent." In 1879 he was elected to parliament for Longford, Ireland, and re-elected in 1880, in both instances without a contest. At the general election in 1885 he contested Derry, and was defeated by a majority of twenty-nine, but was immediately chosen for Longford by an overwhelming majority. In 1886 he was returned from the latter town unopposed. He afterward again visited this country on a lecturing tour. Mr. McCarthy has contributed to English and American periodicals and served as political-leader writer for the London press. Besides many novels, he has published "Con Amore," a collection of critical essays (London, 1868); "Prohibitory Legislation in the United States," an account of a study of such legislation and its workings in Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Iowa, etc. ; "Modern Leaders," a series of articles on living celebrities (1872); "A History of Our Own Times" (1878-'80) ; and "The Epoch of Reform" (1882). Mr. McCarthv's most important work is his "History of Our Own Times." He has also published the first volume of a "History of the Four Georges" (1884).
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