Jeremiah Donovan

Jeremiah Donovan ( born October 18, 1857 in Ridgefield, Connecticut, † April 22, 1935 in Norwalk, Connecticut ) was an American politician. Between 1913 and 1915 he represented the state of Connecticut in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Jeremiah Donovan attended the common schools and the Ridgefield Academy. In 1870 he moved to South Norwalk, where he acted until 1898 with alcoholic beverages. In this city he was at times also in the city council and deputy sheriff. Donovan became a member of the Democratic Party. Between 1896 and 1916 he was a delegate to all Democratic National Conventions. In the years 1903 and 1904 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Connecticut; 1905 to 1909 he was a member of the State Senate.

In the congressional elections of 1912 Donovan was in the fourth electoral district of Connecticut in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC selected. There he met on March 4, 1913 is the successor of the Republican Ebenezer J. Hill, whom he had defeated in the election. Since he lost to Hill already at the next election in 1914, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1915. During this time, joined the 17th Amendment, which established the direct election of U.S. senators, in force.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Donovan was 1917-1921 Mayor of Norwalk. Then he withdrew into retirement. He died on April 22, 1935 in Norwalk and was also buried there.