Born in Youghal, Cork, Ireland, he completed preparatory studies, was graduated from Trinity College, Dublin and emigrated to the United States, settling in Baltimore, Maryland. He learned the lithographic printing trade, and moved to New York City.
In 1843 he established the Subterranean, which he stopped after two years when convicted for the publication of libel. He was a member of the New York State Assembly (New York Co.) in 1847, 1848 and 1852. He was elected as a Democrat to the 33rd United States Congress, holding office from March 4, 1853, to March 3, 1855. He was an unsuccessful candidate for re-election in 1854, and after his term in Congress was employed as a newspaper reporter. He died in New York City in 1859; interment was in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn.
- United States Congress. "Michael Walsh (id: W000102)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Michael Walsh at Find a Grave
- Ernst, Robert. One and Only Mike Walsh. The New-York Historical Society Quarterly 36 (January 1952): 43–65.
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John Henry Hobart Haws
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives |
from New York's 4th congressional district