Member Biography

Charles Edward Donahue 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1919-1920       26 Republican
1921-1922       26 Republican


11/28/1885 - 04/15/1968

Charles Edward Donahue (R26) Clarion, Cameron, Clinton, Elk, Forest Counties 1919-1922

Early Life:

Charles Edward Donahue born November 28, 1885, Troutville, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania; son of Sylvester and Maria Anna Kopp Donahue; common school education; Central State Normal School (now Commonwealth University of Pennsylvania), academic course, 1907; Central State Normal School, elocutionary course, 1908; Pennsylvania State College (now Pennsylvania State University); studied law one year; First Lieutenant, Company H , 12th Regiment, World War I; Pennsylvania National Guard, Troop K, 1st Pennsylvania Cavalry, six years; champion military rifle shot of Pennsylvania, 1910 ; member, Pennsylvania State rifle team; businessman, retail automobile tires; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania Senate, 1919-1922; specialized in history and civics, head of the history and civic department, Lock Haven High School, teacher, nine year; auditor, Pennsylvania Auditor General's office, 1931-1937; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1939-1940, unsuccessful campaign for reelection, 1941 term; married, Ruth Naomi Stover Donahue; died, April 15, 1968, surgery, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Northampton County, Pennsylvania; interment, Jersey Shore Cemetery, Jersey Shore, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania Senate, 26th district, Clarion, Cameron, Clinton, Elk, Forest Counties, 1919-1922; committee assignments, Appropriations, Education, Forestry, Game and Fisheries, Judicial Apportionment (Chairman), Judiciary Special, Military Affairs, New Counties and County Seats, Public Printing, Public Roads and Highways, Public Supply of Light, Heat and Water.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1939-1940, unsuccessful campaign for reelection, 1941 term.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website (


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members D"Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

The Pennsylvania Manual, (1921-1922). Miller, H.P., (Compiler). Baker, W.H., (Assistant Compiler). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 1345, 1358, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 1321. 

Charles Edward Donahue (1885-1968) - Find a Grave Memorial