Library of Congress
DONAHEY, Alvin Victor (1873-1946)
Senate Years of Service: 1935-1941

DONAHEY, ALVIN VICTOR, a Senator from Ohio; born in Cadwallader, Tuscarawas County, Ohio, July 7, 1873; attended the public schools; learned the printer's trade; employed as a journeyman at New Philadelphia, Ohio, 1893-1905; clerk of Goshen Township, Tuscarawas County, Ohio, 1898-1903; county auditor 1905-1909; member of the board of education of New Philadelphia 1909-1911; delegate to the fourth Ohio constitutional convention in 1912; State auditor 1912; unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Ohio in 1920; Governor of Ohio 1923-1929; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1934 and served from January 3, 1935, to January 3, 1941; was not a candidate for renomination in 1940; engaged in the insurance business and in the manufacture of clay products in Columbus, Ohio; also had interests in banking; died in Columbus, Ohio, April 8, 1946; interment in East Avenue Cemetery, New Philadelphia, Ohio.

Ohio Historical Society
Columbus, OH
Papers: 1923-1929. 5 feet. Chiefly constituent correspondence, including petitions, recommendations, and job requests together with correspondence relating to agriculture, education, finance and public welfare from his gubernatorial term, and photographs. Finding aid.
Papers: Correspondence and papers in Jacob A. Meckstroth papers, 1912-1972; and James W. Huffman papers, 1910-1970.

  • Bartlett, Cecil Richmond. Honest Vic: A Biography. Columbus, OH: n.p., 1935.
  • Donahey, Vic. The Beak and Claws of America. Waynesfield, OH: Yale Newspaper Syndicate, 1931.