1831-1901; b. Philadelphia, son of Irish parents; practised law; moved to Minnesota and sought to establish a utopia there with his wife Katherine and associates at Nininger City, 17 miles south of St. Paul, 1856;
first lieutenant governor of Minnesota State, 1859; re-elected, 1861; Republican Congressman, 1863-1869; anti-slavery and pro-women; issued crank work, Atlantis: The Antediluvian
World (1882), locating the Irish as descendents of Atlanteans and
denizens of a lost world.
Colin Graham, Deconstructing Ireland: Identity, Theory and Culture (Edinburgh
UP) contains a chapter on Donnelly.