Gertrude Walton Donahey
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|Gertrude Walton Donahey|
|41st Ohio State Treasurer|
January 11, 1971 – January 10, 1983
|Preceded by||John D. Herbert|
|Succeeded by||Mary Ellen Withrow|
August 4, 1908
Tuscarawas County, Ohio
|Died||July 11, 2004
|Resting place||East Avenue Cemetery, New Philadelphia, Ohio|
|Spouse(s)||John W. Donahey|
Donahey was born in Goshen Township, Tuscarawas County, Ohio. She earned her bachelor’s at Mann’s Business College in Columbus, Ohio and went to work at the Office of the Ohio Adjutant General's Business and Finance Division. She was married to John W. Donahey, who served for a time as Lieutenant Governor of Ohio. Her father-in-law, A. Victor Donahey, was a Governor of Ohio and a member of the United States Senate.
She was chosen as a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1964 and 1968 and represented Ohio on the Party’s platform and resolution committee. She was hired in 1964 by U.S. Senator Stephen M. Young as his executive assistant. She ran in the Democratic presidential primary in 1976 as a “favorite daughter.” She wasn’t a serious candidate, but rather a placeholder for the party to control delegate votes in Ohio.
In 1970, Donahey was the first woman to be elected to a statewide executive office in Ohio, and second to Ohio Supreme Court judge Florence Ellinwood Allen, as Ohio State Treasurer. She held the position until 1983 in light of an embezzlement scandal which took $1.3 million from her office. Head cashier, Elizabeth Jane Boerger and her private business associate, Robert W. Yeazell, were indicted for the embezzlement on August 12, 1982.
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