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Ignatius Loyola Donnelly

  • Birth 3 Nov 1831 Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 1 Jan 1901 Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
  • Burial Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA
  • Plot Section 32, Block 8, Lot 2
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  • Memorial ID 6631459

US Congressman. Minnesota Lieutenant Governor. Futuristic author. Esoteric philosopher and researcher. Attended public schools. Studied law, admitted to the bar, commenced practice in Philadelphia, 1852. Married Katherine McCaffrey, 1855. Three children. Moved to Minnesota, settled in Nininger, Dakota County, 1857. Worked to promote immigration from eastern US to Nininger, but drop in land prices caused by Panic of 1857 left him in debt and caused venture to fail. Twice unsuccessful candidate for state legislature. Lieutenant Governor, 1859-1863. Elected to Congress as a Republican, 1862, serving March 4, 1863 to March 3, 1869. Advocate of education for newly freed slaves and supporter of women's suffrage. Unsuccessful candidate for reelection, 1868. Unsuccessful candidate for Congress, 1870. Resumed law practice. Professional lecturer and speaker. Minnesota Senate, 1874-78. Unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Congress, 1880. Unsuccessful candidate for Minnesota legislature, 1887. Organizer, Minnesota Farmers Alliance. Became active in People's Party because of its stands on abolition of national banks, a graduated income tax, direct election of Senators, civil service reform, and the eight-hour workday. Author: Atlantis: The Antediluvian World, 1882; Ragnarok, the Age of Fire and Gravel, 1883; The Shakespeare Myth, 1887; Essay on the Sonnets of Shakespeare; The Great Cryptogram: Francis Bacon's Cipher in Shakespeare's Plays, 1888; Caeser's Column, 1890; Doctor Huguet: A Novel, 1891; The Golden Bottle or the Story of Ephraim Benezet of Kansas, 1892; The American People's Money, 1895; The Cipher in the Plays, and on the Tombstone, 1899. Unsuccessful candidate for Minnesota Governor, 1892. People's Party nominee for Vice President, 1892. Wife Katherine died, 1894. Married secretary Marion Hanson (born 1877), 1898.

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  • Added: 23 Jul 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6631459
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ignatius Loyola Donnelly (3 Nov 1831–1 Jan 1901), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6631459, citing Calvary Cemetery, Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .