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Douglas Hyde

Douglas Hyde (17 January 1860 - 1949) was a Gaelic scholar who served as the first President of Ireland. He helped found the Gaelic League, but was forced to resign when this was overtaken by political and sectarian elements that were at a variance with Hyde's own linguistic and cultural intentions. Hyde was born in Frenchpark, County Roscommon to a prominent Anglican family.

At his death, the representatives of the Dublin government were unable to attend his funeral service at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin because they were not allowed inside the Anglican church by their own religious authorities.

President of Ireland
Term of Office:25 June 1938 - 24 June 1945
Number of Terms:1
Predecessor: no office in existence
Successor:Sean T. O'Kelly
First Lady:wife deceased
Profession:gaelic language activist, professor
Nominated by:Fianna Fáil & Fine Gael jointly
Other candidates:none

No previous president. See Governor-General of the Irish Free State
Presidents of Ireland
Succeeded by:
Sean T. O'Kelly

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