Michael Scanlon

Michael Scanlon (10 November 1833 – 6 March 1917) was an Irish nationalist, editor, poet and writer.  He is best remembered as the author of stirring Irish ballads such as the Bold Fenian Men and The Jackets Green.
Born in Castlemahon, County Limerick, he emigrated to the United States at fifteen and settled in Chicago.  He wrote articles and poems for a number of newspapers, and in 1868 was appointed editor of a new newspaper, the Irish Republic.  He later became a senior official in the American administration in Washington. In 1887 he was appointed chief of the Bureau of Statistics in the State Department.  He retired in 1912.