John Donald (Wisconsin politician)

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John Sweet Donald (January 12, 1869 – January 10, 1934) was a politician and dentist from the U.S. state of Wisconsin.

Born on a farm near Mount Vernon, Wisconsin in the town of Springdale, Dane County, Wisconsin, Donald graduated from the Northwestern Business College in 1887, in Madison, Wisconsin. He, then, graduated from Valparaiso University in 1894. In 1897, Donald received his degree in dentistry from the Chicago College. He served as that state's nineteenth Secretary of State, serving two terms from January 6, 1913 to January 1, 1917. He was a Republican and served under governors Francis E. McGovern and Emanuel L. Philipp. He resided in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin at the time of his election. He served as the Springdale town assessor in 1892. He served as chairman of the Springdale Town Board from 1899 to 1902. Doonald served in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1903 to 1907. He served in the Wisconsin State Senate from 1907 to 1913. He also owned farms in the town of Springdale and taught agriculture at the University of Wisconsin since 1920. Donald died at his home in Madison from a two-year illness.[1][2]


  1. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1915,' Biographical Sketch of John S. Donald, pg. 484
  2. ^ John S. Donald Dies, Aged 64,' Wisconsin State Journal, January 10, 1934, pg. 1, 2


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Political offices
Preceded by
James Frear
Secretary of State of Wisconsin
Succeeded by
Merlin Hull