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|Alvin Victor Donahey|
|50th Governor of Ohio|
January 8, 1923 – January 14, 1929
|Lieutenant||Earl D. Bloom (1923–1925)
Charles H. Lewis (1925–1927)
Earl D. Bloom (1927–1928)
William G. Pickrel (1928)
George C. Braden (1928–1929)
|Preceded by||Harry L. Davis|
|Succeeded by||Myers Y. Cooper|
|United States Senator
January 3, 1935 – January 3, 1941
|Preceded by||Simeon D. Fess|
|Succeeded by||Harold H. Burton|
July 7, 1873|
Tuscarawas County, Ohio
|Died||April 8, 1946
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.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, feeling he needed Ohio's electoral college votes in order to win a third term in office, asked Donahey to be his running mate in the 1940 election. Donahey declined, but recommended his friend, Harry Truman.
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.
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.
- A. Victor Donahey at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Biography at the National Governors Association
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