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Dennis D. DONOVAN

(1859-1941)

DONOVAN, Dennis D., a Representative from Ohio; born near Texas, Henry County, Ohio, January 31, 1859; attended the common schools, and Northern Indiana Normal School, Valparaiso, Ind.; taught school; engaged in the mercantile and timber business; was graduated from the law department of Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., in 1895; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Deshler, Ohio; appointed postmaster of Deshler by President Cleveland on July 21, 1885, and served until January 27, 1888; member of the State house of representatives in 1887 and 1889; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1895); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1894 to the Fifty-fourth Congress; resumed the practice of law in Deshler, Ohio; moved to Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, in 1897 and continued the practice of law; unsuccessful candidate for nomination as Governor of Ohio in 1898; died in Napoleon, Ohio, on April 21, 1941; interment in St. Augustine Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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