Advertisement
Advertisement

William J Donovan (1913 - 1996)

A photo of William J Donovan
Add photo
William J Donovan
1913 - 1996
Born
July 25, 1913
Death
May 12, 1996
Last Known Residence
34641
Summary
William J Donovan was born on July 25, 1913. He died on May 12, 1996 at age 82. We know that William J Donovan had been residing in 34641.
Updated: October 1, 2011
ADVERTISEMENT BY ANCESTRY.COM
Advertisement
Introduction
Every life has a story to tell. This collaborative biography is dedicated to tell the story of William J Donovan. Click the to update this introduction with a synopsis or highlights of William's life.
Show & Tell His Story
Share your memories, stories, and photos so that William is always remembered.
Update biography

William's biography

This collaborative biography is for you to show & tell William's life so that he is always remembered. What's this?

Biography
William J Donovan
Most commonly known as
William J Donovan
Full name
Did William go by other names?
Other names or aliases
34641
Last known residence
Male
Gender
William Donovan was born on
Birth
William Donovan died on
Death
Birth
Death
There is no cause of death listed for William.
Cause of death
Do you know the final resting place - gravesite in a cemetery or location of cremation - of William J Donovan?
Burial / Funeral
Heritage

Ethnicity & Lineage

What is William's ethnicity and where did his parents, grandparents & great-grandparents come from?

Nationality & Locations

Where was William born and where did he live?
Childhood

Education

Did William finish grade school, get a GED, go to high school, get a college degree or masters? What schools or universities did William attend?

Religion

Was William a religious man?

Baptism

Was William baptized?
Adulthood

Professions

Share what William did for a living or if he had a career or profession.

Personal Life

Share highlights of William's life. Experiences, organizations, & how he spent his time.

Military Service

Did William serve in the military or did a war or conflict interfere with his life?
Obituary

Average Age

Life Expectancy

Looking for a different William Donovan?
View other bios of people named William Donovan
Advertisement
Advertisement

Family Tree

William's immediate relatives including parents, siblings, partnerships and children in the Donovan family tree.

William's Family Tree

Parent
Parent
William J Donovan William J Donovan
Partner
Child
Partner
Child
Sibling

Friends

Friends can be as close as family. Add William's family friends, and his friends from childhood through adulthood.

Add bio

Photos

Nobody has shared photos of William J Donovan! Please help add a face to the name by sharing a photo of William.

Photo
ADVERTISEMENT BY ANCESTRY.COM
Advertisement

Comments

Leave a comment to ask questions, share information, or simply to show that you care about William.

Cancel

Obituary

Share William's obituary or write your own to preserve his legacy.

William J Donovan died on May 12, 1996 at 82 years of age. He was born on July 25, 1913. There is no information about William's family or relationships. We know that William J Donovan had been residing in 34641.
Followers & Sources
ADVERTISEMENT BY ANCESTRY.COM
Advertisement

1913 - 1996 World Events

Refresh this page to see various historical events that occurred during William's lifetime.

In 1913, in the year that William J Donovan was born, Woodrow Wilson became the 28th President of the United States in March. Previously the Governor of New Jersey and President of Princeton University, he was the first Southerner to serve as President since Zachary Taylor, over 60 years previous. A Democrat, he led the U.S. during World War I and championed the League of Nations.

In 1934, by the time he was 21 years old, on July 22nd, gangster John Dillinger was killed in Chicago. His gang had robbed banks and police stations, among other charges, and he was being hunted by J. Edgar Hoover, head of the FBI - although many in the public saw him as a "Robin Hood". A madam from a brothel in which he was hiding became an informer for the FBI and, after a shootout with FBI agents, Dillinger was shot and died.

In 1942, he was 29 years old when from January 7th through April 9th, the Battle of Bataan was fought in the Philippines. At the end of the battle, the U.S. and Filipino forces surrendered and a three-year occupation of the Philippines by Japan began. Between 60,000 and 80,000 American and Filipino soldiers surrendered and were marched around 60 to 69 miles - most were beaten, abused, or killed. Named the Bataan Death March, it was later declared to be a war crime.

In 1973, William was 60 years old when in October, Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned - President Nixon nominated Gerald Ford for Vice President. Nixon's tax returns came under investigation. Nixon offered the recently discovered Oval Office tapes be heard by one person and summarized - his offer was rejected by the Special Prosecutor. Nixon ordered the Attorney General, then the assistant Attorney General, to fire the Special Prosecutor. Both refused and were fired. The Solicitor General became the acting Attorney General and fired the Special Prosecutor (the Saturday Night Massacre). Nixon releases some of the tapes, under extreme pressure because of the firings.

In 1996, in the year of William J Donovan's passing, on April 3rd, Theodore Kaczynski (nicknamed the Unabomber) was arrested. His mailed or hand-delivered bombs, sent between 1978 and 1995, killed three people and injured 23 others. Diagnosed as suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, Kaczynski is serving 8 life sentences without the possibility of parole.

Other Biographies

Other William Donovan Biographies

Other Donovan Family Biographies

Back to Top