Edward George de Valera
Born: Oct 14, 1882 AD
Died: 1975 AD, at 92 years of age.
1882 - Born in the New York on the 14th of October.
1903 - He won further scholarships and exhibitions and was appointed "professor" of mathematics at Rockwell College, County Tipperary.
1904 - He graduated in mathematics in 1904 from the Royal University of Ireland and then went back to Dublin to teach at Blackrock College.
1906 - He secured a post as "professor" of mathematics at Carysfort Teachers' Training College for women in Blackrock, County Dublin.
1908 - He joined the Ardchraobh of Conradh na Gaeilge (the Gaelic League), where he met Sinéad Flanagan, a teacher by profession and four years his senior.
1917 - On the 10th of July, he was elected member of the British House of Commons for East Clare.
- He was president of Sinn Féin, the previously small monarchist party which had wrongly been credited by the British for the Easter Rising and which the survivors of the Rising took over and then turned into a republican party.
1918 - General election he was elected both for that seat and Mayo East.
1921 - In August, de Valera had Dáil Éireann change the 1919 Dáil Constitution to upgrade his office from prime minister or chairman of the cabinet to a full President of the Republic.
1926 - Leader of Sinn Fein.
- Founded Fianna Fail.
1932 - Prime minister of Ireland.
1948 - He was ousted from power by the first Inter-Party Government, with John A. Costello as Taoiseach. De Valera, as leader of the opposition, embarked on a futile world campaign on the partition question.
1951 - He was back in power but without an overall majority.
1959 - De Valera remained as Taoiseach, handing over power to Seán Lemass.
1973 - He was elected President of Ireland.
- He retired from the Presidency in June, having served for fourteen years, the longest period allowed under the Constitution.
1975 - Died in Linden Convalescent Home, Blackrock, County Dublin on the 29th of August.
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