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Influence in Colonial Governent

James LoganThe influence of the Irish on America is next noted in the years leading up to the revolutionary war.  Like other immigrants to America, the Irish were fleeing persecution and seeking religious freedom.  Known as Scotch-Irish, many were skilled workers who financed their immigration by becoming indentured servants. 
James Logan, born in Lurgan, County Armagh, Ireland sailed with William Penn (founder of the Pennsylvania colony) on his second voyage to America in 1699.  After Penn’s return to England in 1701, Logan was appointed commissioner of property.  He served as the Mayor of Philadelphia (1723) and as chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court from 1731 to 1739.  Thomas Dongan, the second Earl of Limerick (b. 1634) was selected by the Duke of York to govern the New York Province in 1682.
As the new colonies began to assert their independence from England, the Irish continued to play a role in government.  This was perhaps a foreshadowing of their influence for many decades into the future of the new country.

Who Discovered America?

St. Brendan & Company set sailModern researchers, historians, and anthropologists will no doubt continue to debate the question of who discovered America well into the 21st century.  The Irish will participate in that debate with the legend of St. Brendan.  Brendan of Arnfort and Clonfort (also known as Brendan the Voyager) was born in 484 A.D.  near Tralee in County Kerry.  St. Brendan was among the first Christian missionaries of the newly converted Ireland.  Although no historical proof exists, the legends of St. Brendan describe his voyage in search of “paradise” westward from Ireland.   In 530 A.D., Brendan arrived on an island of lush vegetation believed by some to be North America.

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