John Thomas Donovan

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John Thomas Donovan (1878 – 17 January 1922)[1] was an Irish barrister and nationalist politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1914 to 1918.

Born in Belfast,[2] Donovan was called to the bar at the King's Inn in 1914.[3]

He was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for West Wicklow at a by-election in August 1914, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Edward Peter O'Kelly.[4] He did not defend his seat at the 1918 general election,[4] when it was won by the Sinn Féin candidate. He stood instead in South Donegal, where he was defeated by Sinn Féin's Peter J. Ward.[5]


  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ "John Thomas Donovan (1878 - 1922)". The Dictionary of Ulster Biography. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Arthur G. M. Hesilrige, ed. (1918). Debrett's House of Commons and The Judicial Bench 1918. London: Dean and Son. p. 48. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Walker, Brian M., ed. (1978). Parliamentary Election Results in Ireland 1801–1922. A New History of Ireland. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. p. 382. ISBN 0901714127. ISSN 0332-0286. 
  5. ^ Walker, op. cit., page 387

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Edward Peter O'Kelly
Member of Parliament for West Wicklow
Succeeded by
Robert Childers Barton