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Thu Dec 6, 2012, 07:12 AM

Disability history month: Arthur MacMorrough Kavanagh

Born without arms or legs, Arthur MacMorrough Kavanagh was an adventurer who rose to become a successful politician. Widely revered as a prodigy, he was also part of a rich and powerful family, writes Nicholas Whyte.

He was the heir to the ancient kings of Leinster. He was a horseback messenger for the East India Company in the 1850s. He wrote a book about hunting and painting on the borderlands between Greece and Albania.

He was a member of parliament for 14 years and became the leader of the Unionist MPs from Ireland.

And he had no arms or legs.


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