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JAMES H. DONNELLY

The 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.

That 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. 


Source:
History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011