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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
A noted Irish patriot, born in co. Mayo, son of a peasant, who, being evicted, settled in Lancashire; joined the Fenian move ment, and was sentenced to 15 years' penal servitude; released on ticket-of-leave after seven years; founded the Land League; was for over a year imprisoned again for breaking his ticket-of-leave; published in 1885 "Leaves from a Prison Diary"; entered Parliament in 1895 for co. Mayo; b . 1846.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Davitt, Michael'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/d/davitt-michael.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.