Henry Ford (1863 –1947)

Henry Ford (1863 –1947)

Henry Ford was an avid believer in consumerism as the key to world peace. The belief made him one of the richest and best known men of his age, not only because he founded the Ford Motor Company but also for his pioneering use of assembly lines in the mass production...
The Brothers Hickey– Renaissance Men of Capel Street

The Brothers Hickey– Renaissance Men of Capel Street

In the 1750s, Noah Hickey ran a sweetshop on Capel Street in Georgian Dublin where he and his wife Anne raised two remarkable sons, John and Thomas. John Hickey, the elder boy, became Edmund Burke’s Favourite Sculptor,  while Thomas was to become one of the finest...

Dr. James Barry (1789-1865): The Man Who Was A Woman

DR. JAMES BARRY (1789-1865): THE MAN WHO WAS A WOMAN London, 25 July 1865. It is unlikely that Sophia Bishop ever experienced a greater surprise. For the previous months, she had been serving as maidservant to Dr. James Barry, a former Inspector General of military...

Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore (1829-1892)

PATRICK SARSFIELD GILMORE (1829-1892) NO. 1 BANDMASTER OF THE USA Lafayette Square, New Orleans, 4 March 1864. It started quietly, a lone trumpet perhaps, allowing the 15,000 people seated in the vast half-moon shaped amphitheatre a moment to settle. Another 20,000...