George E. Donart

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George E. Donart (February 27, 1889 – October 1, 1961) was a Democratic politician from Idaho.[1] He was the Democratic nominee in a 1946 special election for the United States Senate seat to finish the term of John W. Thomas, a Republican who died in November 1945.

Born in Idaho Territory near present-day Cambridge, Donart graduated from the prep school of the University of Idaho in Moscow in 1909, then earned B.A. and LL.B degrees.[2] He practiced law in Weiser for decades,[3] and served in the Idaho Legislature, where was a member of the Idaho Senate from 1933 to 1941 and from 1943 to 1947.[1]

1946 Senate race[edit]

After Senator Thomas' death in 1945, Governor Charles Gossett, a Democrat, resigned and allowed his successor Arnold Williams to appoint him to the Senate vacancy, which in turn allowed him to enter the special election race as the incumbent. During the 1946 primary race, Donart was endorsed by Idaho's other U. S. Senator, Glen Taylor,[4][5] who had defeated him in the 1940 primary.[1]

Donart defeated Gossett in the Democratic primary,[6][7] but was defeated in the general election by Republican congressman Henry Dworshak.[8]

U.S. Senate elections in Idaho (Class II): Results 1946
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct
1946 George Donart 74,629 41.4% Henry Dworshak 105,523 58.6%

Donart died at age 72 in 1961,[1] and is buried at Hillcrest Cemetery in Weiser.


  1. ^ a b c d "George Donart, Democratic leader, dead". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. October 2, 1961. p. 1.
  2. ^ "Seniors". Gem of the Mountains 1914, University of Idaho yearbook. April 1913. p. 20. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ "Two native sons Idaho aspirants". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. Associated Press. June 7, 1946. p. 3.
  4. ^ "Stassen Faces Severe Test In Nebraska", The Schenectady Gazette, June 10, 1946. (accessed 19 January 2012)
  5. ^ "Taylor to blare for his friend". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. May 31, 1946. p. 2.
  6. ^ "Winners in primary election". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. (photos). June 12, 1946.
  7. ^ "Unofficial results on primary election". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. June 13, 1946.
  8. ^ "How Idaho voted for Senator". Lewiston Daily Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. November 7, 1946. p. 2.

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Preceded by
Glen H. Taylor
Democratic Party nominee, U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Idaho
1946 special (lost)
Succeeded by
Bert H. Miller