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KINSELLA, Thomas (1832-1884)

KINSELLA, THOMAS, a Representative from New York; born in County Wexford, Ireland, December 31, 1832; immigrated to the United States and settled in New York City; attended the common schools; moved to Cambridge, N.Y., in 1851 and learned the printer's trade; worked for the Cambridge Post; moved to Brooklyn in 1858; became editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle September 7, 1861; postmaster of Brooklyn in 1866; member of the city water commission and board of education; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-second Congress (March 4, 1871-March 3, 1873); was not a candidate for renomination in 1872; established the Brooklyn Sunday Sun in 1874, afterward combined with the Daily Eagle, which he edited until his death in Brooklyn, N.Y., February 11, 1884; interment in Holy Cross Cemetery.

The New York Public Library
Manuscripts & Archives Section
New York, NY
Papers: ca. 1861-1868, .08 linear foot.
The collection of Thomas Kinsella consists of a scrapbook containing news clippings, ca. 1861-1868, of articles and editorials from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle with Thomas Kinsella's manuscript comments. Topics include Brooklyn political matters, the Civil War, international affairs, and Thomas Kinsella's life and career. Criticisms of plays performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music also are included.

  • Kinsella, Thomas. National banks: What shall be substituted for them? An address on currency reform, by Thomas Kinsella, delivered ... in ... April 10, 1882. Brooklyn: Eagle print, 1882.