Thomas Tighe (MP)

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Thomas Tighe

MP
Member of Parliament
for Mayo
In office
31 January 1874 7 May 1874
Preceded by George Eakins Browne
George Bingham
Succeeded by John O'Connor Power
George Eakins Browne
Personal details
Born1829
Died (aged 84)
NationalityIrish
Political party Home Rule

Thomas Tighe (1829–15 June 1914) [1] was an Irish Home Rule League politician.

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References

  1. Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "M" (part 2)
  2. Walker, B.M., ed. (1978). Parliamentary Election Results in Ireland, 1801–1922. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. ISBN   0901714127.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Eakins Browne
George Bingham
Member of Parliament for Mayo
February 1874May 1874
With: George Eakins Browne
Succeeded by
John O'Connor Power
George Eakins Browne