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Alvin Victor Donahey

Birthdate: (73)
Birthplace: Cadwallader, Tuscarawas County, Ohio
Death: 1946 (73)
Immediate Family:

Son of John Coulter Donahey and Catherine Letitia Donahey
Husband of Mary Edith Donahey
Father of John W. Donahey and Dorothy Virginia Johnson
Brother of William Donahey and James Harrison Donahey

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About Gov. A. Victor Donahey, U.S. Senator

Alvin Victor Donahey (also known as A. Victor Donahey, A. Vic Donahey, Vic Donahey, A. V. Donahey, or Honest Vic Donahey) (July 7, 1873 – April 8, 1946) was a Democratic Party politician from Ohio. Donahey was the 50th Governor of Ohio and a United States Senator from Ohio.

Donahey was born in Cadwallader, Tuscarawas County, Ohio. His parents were John C. Donahey and Catherine (Chaney) Donahey. He graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art. Donahey married Mary Edith Harvey on January 5, 1897. They had twelve children; ten lived to adulthood.


Donahey served as County Auditor from 1905 to 1909. After serving as a delegate to the 1912 Constitutional Convention, Donahey served as State Auditor from 1912 to 1921. He did not seek re-election in 1920, running instead for Governor.

Donahey lost that election but won the position two years later, serving three terms from 1923 to 1929. He did not run for re-election in 1928. Donahey earned the nickname "Veto Vic" while Governor because he vetoed seventy-six bills during his first term in office.

From 1926 to 1928 Donahey was mentioned as a possible candidate for President or Vice President in the 1928 election. He received five delegate votes for the presidential nomination which went to Alfred E. Smith, but was not a candidate for the Vice Presidential nomination, which went to Joseph T. Robinson.

He won election to the United States Senate in 1934, unseating Republican Simeon Fess by a wide margin (1,276,208 to 839,068) and served one term in the Senate from 1935 until 1941, before retiring. In 1940 Democrats in Ohio asked him to consider running for President as a favorite son in an effort to aid Franklin D. Roosevelt's bid for a third term, but he declined. (The plan would have had Ohio's delegates to the Democratic National Convention pledged to Donahey until Roosevelt became a candidate, at which point Donahey would release the delegates to Roosevelt.).

Donahey was president of Donahey Clay Products Company and a founder and board member of Motorists Mutual Insurance Company. He was also a director of the Ohio National Bank of Columbus, Ohio.

He died at his home in Columbus in 1946. He is buried in East Avenue Cemetery in New Philadelphia Ohio.

Family life

Donahey's son, John W. Donahey, served a term as Lieutenant Governor of Ohio. His daughter-in-law, Gertrude Walton Donahey served as Ohio State Treasurer. His brother William Donahey was the Chicago Tribune columnist and creator of the Teenie Weenies comic strip. Another brother, James Harrison "Hal" Donahey, was the cartoonist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and designed the household tiles made by the Donahey Clay Products Company.

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Gov. A. Victor Donahey, U.S. Senator's Timeline

Cadwallader, Tuscarawas County, Ohio
Age 32
Age 38
Age 73