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Meagher of the Sword: Montana's First Acting Governor

with Neal Lewing

actor, singer/songwriter, recording artist, playwright, poet, storyteller, author and historian

Thomas Francis Meagher lived a colorful life of adventure, from humble beginnings in Ireland to Montana’s first territorial governor. In between, he led Irish rebels, escaped from Van Diemen’s Land, toured the United States on a lecture circuit, designed the Irish tricolor flag, and distinguished himself as a Civil War general. His final disappearance in Ft. Benton remains an unsolved mystery. This is the story, in folklore, music, and his own words, of the man commemorated in the statue that graces the Montana State Capitol’s front lawn.