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Ignatius Loyola Donnelly (Donnelly Ignatius)

Born: 1831 AD
Died: 1901 AD, at 69 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Authors


1831 - Born on the 3rd of November in Philadelphia, Pa., U.S.

1856 - He moved to Minnesota, where, with another ex-Philadelphian, John Nininger.

1857 - The scheme was successful at first, but a financial panic caused abandonment of the town, leaving Donnelly as its only resident.

1863-1869 - He entered politics, became an early supporter of the Republican Party, and served as lieutenant governor of Minnesota and as a U.S. congressman.

1870 - He left the Republicans and was active in several minority-party movements representing the interests of small farmers and workmen. Returning to Nininger City, he edited a liberal weekly.

1882 - Donnelly's first and most popular book was Atlantis, which traced the origin of civilization to the legendary submerged continent of Atlantis.

1883 - It was followed by another work of speculation, Ragnarok: The Age of Fire and Gravel, which attempted to relate certain gravel and till deposits to an ancient near-collision of the Earth and a huge comet.

1888-1899 - In The Great Cryptogram and The Cipher in the Plays and on the Tombstone.

         - Donnelly's utopian novel Caesar's Column, which predicted such developments as radio, television, and poison gas, portrays the United States ruled by a ruthless financial oligarchy and peopled by an abject working class.

         - Represented the discontented farmers of the West and which he helped found.

1901 - Died on the 1st of January in Minneapolis.


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