Patrick Ford, leading Irish American and editor of the Irish World, has died
Patrick Ford, who was born in 1805 in Galway, left Ireland when he was eight years old, began work as an errand boy before moving into the world of printing. He was passionate in his support for the abolition of slavery and during the US Civil War he fought with the Northern Army including action at the Battle of Fredericksburg. He began his journalistic career in 1855, and by 1861 had become editor of the Boston Tribune.
After the Civil War he settled in Charleston and edited the South Carolina Leader, before moving to New York and founding the Irish World which became the largest selling and most influential Irish American newspaper. Ford was a huge supporter of Irish causes and it has been estimated that through his newspaper he raised £3m that was given to various campaigns in Ireland and the United States.