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W. T. Cosgrave
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President of the Executive Council
In office
6 December 1922 – 9 March 1932
Vice President Kevin O'Higgins
Ernest Blythe
Preceded by Himself
as Chairman of the Provisional Government of the Irish Free State
Succeeded by Éamon de Valera
Leader of the Opposition
In office
9 March 1932 – 11 January 1944
President Douglas Hyde
Taoiseach Éamon de Valera
Preceded by Éamon de Valera
Succeeded by Richard Mulcahy
Leader of Fine Gael
In office
20 June 1934 – 30 May 1944
Preceded by Eoin O'Duffy
Succeeded by Richard Mulcahy
Leader of Cumann na nGaedheal
In office
20 April 1923 – 15 May 1933
Preceded by New office
Succeeded by Office abolished
Chairman of the Provisional Government
In office
22 August 1922 – 6 December 1922
Preceded by Michael Collins
Succeeded by Office abolished
President of Dáil Éireann
In office
9 September 1922 – 6 December 1922
Preceded by Arthur Griffith
Succeeded by Office abolished
Minister for Finance
In office
17 July 1922 – 21 September 1923
President Michael Collins
Preceded by Michael Collins
Succeeded by Ernest Blythe
Minister for Local Government
In office
2 April 1919 – 22 August 1922
President Michael Collins
Preceded by New office
Succeeded by Ernest Blythe
Teachta Dála
In office
September 1927 – May 1944
Constituency Cork Borough
In office
May 1921 – September 1927
Constituency Carlow–Kilkenny
Member of Parliament
for North Kilkenny
In office
14 December 1918 – 26 October 1922
Preceded by Michael Meagher
Succeeded by Office abolished
Personal details
Born
William Thomas Cosgrave

(1880-06-06)6 June 1880
Inchicore, Dublin, Ireland
Died 16 November 1965(1965-11-16) (aged 85)
The Liberties, Dublin, Ireland
Resting place Goldenbridge Cemetery, Inchicore, Dublin, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fine Gael
Other political
affiliations
Sinn Féin (1905–22)
Cumann na nGaedheal (1923–33)
Spouse(s) Louisa Flanagan
(m. 1919; d. 1959)
Relations
  • Liam T. Cosgrave (Grandson)
  • Vera Cosgrave (Daughter-in-law)
Children 2, including Liam
Parents
  • Thomas Cosgrave
  • Bridget Nixon
Education St. Joseph's School, Marino
Military service
Allegiance  Ireland
Years of service 1913–16
Rank Captain
Battles/wars Easter Rising

William Thomas Cosgrave (6 June 1880 – 16 November 1965) was an Irish Fine Gael politician. He was President of the Executive Council from 1922 to 1932 and Leader of the Opposition from 1932 to 1944.

Cosgrave was Leader of Fine Gael from 1934 to 1944, Leader of Cumann na nGaedheal from 1923 to 1933, Chairman of the Provisional Government from August 1922 to December 1922, President of Dáil Éireann from September 1922 to December 1922, Minister for Finance from 1922 to 1923 and Minister for Local Government from 1919 to 1922.

He was a Teachta Dála (TD) from 1921 to 1944.

He was a Member of Parliament (MP) for the North Kilkenny constituency from 1918 to 1922.

Cosgrave never officially held the office of Taoiseach.


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