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Michael Donohoe was born in Killeshandra in 1864. After spending a short time teaching
in the local National School he emigrated to the U.S. in 1886 and settled in Philadelphia,
He entered politics and was elected to the House of Representatives in 1910 and was
re-elected in 1912. He was the unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Mayor of Philadelphia
In 1923 he was elected National President of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. He was
responsible for the erection of a bronze tablet inside the south entrance to City Hall,
Philadelphia, in commemoration of all Irish people who had risked their lives for America.
He also played a major role in the erection of an imposing bronze statue in Logan Square
in 1846 of Thomas Fitzsimons, a signatory of the Declaration of Independence and 'the
forgotten man of the Revolution'.
During his life he was deeply involved on the various Irish societies and movements in
Philadelphia. He died in January 1958.