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Ignatius Loyola Donnelly


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Ignatius Donnelly was born in Philadelphia on November 3, 1831. "He graduated from the High School of Philadelphia at the age of nineteen, with high honors, and immediately commenced the study of law. He was admitted to the Philadelphia bar in 1853, and immediately commenced practice in that city . . . ." ["Hon. Ignatius Donnelly," in W.J. Arnold (ed.), The Poets and Poetry of Minnesota 151-161 (Chicago: S.P. Rounds, Books and Job Printers, 1864)]

Donnelly moved to Minnesota in 1857 and two years later was elected lieutenant governor (1860-1863). He was elected to Congress and served from 1863 to 1869. He served in the Minnesota Legislature various terms: 1874-78, 1887, 1891-93, and 1897. He died in Minneapolis, Minnesota on January 1, 1901; interment in Calvary Cemetery, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Ignatius Donnelly
Biographical Directory of the United States Congress

Ignatius Donnelly
W.J. Arnold (ed.), The Poets and Poetry of Minnesota 151-160
(Chicago: S.P. Rounds, Books and Job Printers, 1864)

Ignatius Donnelly

Prophets and Psychics: Ignatius Donnelly

Ignatius Donnelly and the End of the World

At Shakespeare's Grave
(Ignatius Donnelly Loq.)
A Poem by Irving Browne, another lawyer-poet
dedicated to Ignatius Donnelly

Image of Donnelly


Ignatius Donnelly, The Mourner's Vision, a Poem (Philadelphia: [s.n.], 1850)


Ignatius Donnelly, Atlantis: The Antediluvian World (New York: Harper, 1882)(New York: Harper, modern rev. ed., 1949; Egerton Sykes ed.)(New York: Dover Publications, 1976)(San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1981) [online text; edition unstated] [online text]

_____________, Ragnarok: The Age of Fire and Gravel (New York: D. Appleton, 1883) [online text] (London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1883)(New York: University Books, 1970) [online text]

_____________, The Great Cryptogram: Francis Bacon's Cipher in the So-called Shakespeare Plays (Chicago: R. S. Peale & Co., 1888) [online text]

_____________, Csar's Column: A Story of the Twentieth Century (Chicago: F.J. Schulte & Co., 1890)(pseud. Edmund Boisgilbert)(Boston: Arena Publishing Co., 1894)(Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1960; Walter B. Rideout ed.)

_____________, Doctor Huguet: A Novel (Chicago: F.J. Schulte & Co., 1891)(pseud. Edmund Boisgilbert) [online text]

_____________, The Golden Bottle, or, The Story of Ephraim Benezet of Kansas (New York: D.D. Merrill Co., 1892) [online text]

_____________, The American People's Money (Chicago: Laird & Lee, 1895)(Westport, Connecticut: Hyperion Press, 1976)

_____________, The Cipher in the Plays, and On the Tombstone (Minneapolis: Verulam Pub. Co., 1899) [online text] [online text]


Martin Ridge, Ignatius Donnelly: Portrait of a Politician (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1962)(Borealis Book, 1991)

Larry Richard Peterson, Ignatius Donnelly: A Psychohistorical Study in Moral Development Psychology (New York: Arno Press, 1982)

David D. Anderson, Ignatius Donnelly (Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1980)

Oscar M. Sullivan, North Star Sage: The Story of Ignatius Donnelly (New York: Vantage Press, 1953)

Everett W. Fish, Donnelliana: An Appendix to "Caesar's Column:" Excerpts from the Wit, Wisdom, Poetry and Eloquence of Ignatius Donnelly Selected and Collated, with a Biography (Chicago: F.J. Schulte & Co., 1892)

William D. O'Connor, Mr. Donnelly's Reviewers (Chicago: Belford, Clarke and Co., 1889)

Bibliography: Articles

Ralph Harmon, Ignatius Donnelly and his Faded Metropolis, Minnesota History (September, 1936)

John D. Hicks, The Political Career of Ignatius Donnelly, 8 Mississippi Valley Historical Review 80 (June-September 1921)

Research Resources

Ignatius Donnelly Papers
Minnesota Historical Society
St. Paul, Minnesota