Dennis D. Donovan

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Dennis D. Donovan
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1893
Preceded byMelvin M. Boothman
Succeeded byGeorge W. Hulick
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1895
Preceded byFernando C. Layton
Succeeded byFrancis B. De Witt
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Henry County district
In office
January 2, 1888 – March 3, 1891
Preceded byJohn Cuff
Succeeded byJacob F. Myers
Personal details
Born(1859-01-31)January 31, 1859
Texas, Ohio
DiedApril 21, 1941(1941-04-21) (aged 82)
Napoleon, Ohio
Resting placeSt. Augustine Cemetery, Napoleon
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Ginevra Waltimire (1863-1974)
Alma materValparaiso University School of Law
Georgetown University Law Center

Dennis D. Donovan (January 31, 1859 – April 21, 1941) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

Born near Texas, Ohio, Donovan attended the common schools, and Northern Indiana Normal School, Valparaiso, Indiana. He taught school. He engaged in the mercantile and timber business. He studied law at Valparaiso University School of Law.[1] He was graduated from the law department of Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., in 1895. He was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Deshler, Ohio. He was appointed postmaster of Deshler by President Cleveland on July 21, 1885, and served until January 27, 1888. He was mayor of Deshler for two terms.[2] He served as member of the State house of representatives in 1887 and 1889.

Donovan was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses (March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1895). He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1894 to the Fifty-fourth Congress. He resumed the practice of law in Deshler, Ohio. He moved to Napoleon, Ohio, in 1897 and continued the practice of law. He was an unsuccessful candidate for nomination as Governor of Ohio in 1898. He died in Napoleon, Ohio, on April 21, 1941. He was interred in St. Augustine Cemetery.

He married Ginevra Waltimire of Deshler, Ohio in 1891.[2][3] He was a member of B.P.O.E. and Knights of Columbus.[2]

Ginevra outlived him, dying on July 1, 1974 at the age of 110.


  1. ^ Galbreath, Charles Burleigh (1925). History of Ohio. IV. Chicago: The American Historical Society. p. 425. ISBN 978-0-7812-5367-3.
  2. ^ a b c Neff, William B, ed. (1921). Bench and Bar of Northern Ohio History and Biography. Cleveland: The Historical Publishing Company. p. 370.
  3. ^ Powell, Thomas Edward, ed. (1913). The Democratic party of the state of Ohio: a comprehensive history. 2. The Ohio Publishing Company. pp. 148–149.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Melvin M. Boothman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
George W. Hulick
Preceded by
Fernando C. Layton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
Francis B. De Witt