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diversified enterprises engaging the attention of Mr. Donnelly point to
breadth of mind and largeness of vision as among his leading attributes.
When he was elected supervisor from the fourth district in Sacramento
county in November, 1904, and reelected in 1908, the people recognizing
his high order of ability and appreciating his acceptable service in
former local offices, looked with expectancy to a promising record on
the county board. Nor have they been disappointed in their hopes, for he
has proved sagacious in council, public-spirited in devotion to the
county, loyal to its development, progressive in plans and prompt in
action. Worthily filling the office of supervisor, in so doing he has
made an enviable reputation for himself and at the same time promoted
the permanent welfare of the county.
he can claim Sacramento as his native county is a source of pride to Mr.
Donnelly, who was born at Folsom November 21, 1868, and is a son of
Henry and Kate Donnelly. From six to thirteen years of age he attended
school at Folsom, but the necessity of earning a livelihood cut short
his schooldays and induced him to work in the stables of the Natoma
Vineyard Company, where he remained about eighteen mouths. Later he took
charge of a livery stable owned by his mother and at the same time he
became interested in mining, but afterward he gave up these occupations
to engage in fruit raising. The year 1904 found him a newcomer in
Sacramento, where he organized the firm of Wright & Donnelly and
established the general livery and boarding business known as the
Wilson's Stables that has built up an extensive trade in the city.
The constant activities of business pursuits and the duties of supervisor do not preclude Mr. Donnelly from further interests, for we find in addition that he holds office as president of the Folsom Investment Company that built the Hotel Bismarck in Sacramento. In politics he has given stanch allegiance to the Republican party and has aided local affairs with his time and influence. For sixteen years he served as deputy assessor and constable at Folsom and his faithful service there laid the foundation for the larger services as a member of the board of supervisors. While living at Folsom he was married to Miss Susie Woodward in April of 1894. They are the parents of four children, namely: Eleanor, Gladys, Susie M. and James H., Jr., all of whom are being given the best educational advantages afforded by the excellent schools of Sacramento. The fraternal connections of Mr. Donnelly bring him into active membership with the Eagles, Elks, Woodmen of the World and the Native Sons of the Golden West.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011