High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Theobald Wolfe Tone (20 June 1763 ? 19 November 1798), commonly known as Wolfe Tone, was a leading figure in the United Irishmen Irish independence movement and is regarded as the father of Irish republicanism. HE died from a wound that he received after being sentenced to death for his part in the Irish Rebellion of 1798 ? whether self-inflicted or otherwise remains under debate ? at any rate, it deprived him of the chance to appeal his death sentence.