Donnelly, Ignatius

The general awareness that is needed to tackle the ills or problems that deplete a human being’s basic necessities of life usually begins with a single person. That person takes on a crusade or journey to help his or her fellow man, woman, or child. In the 1800s, Ignatius Donnelly was at the forefront of the fight to help people who were mired in poverty.

Early Life

On November 3, 1831, Donnelly was born in Philadelphia. His father was a doctor who received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, and his mother cherished the works of Shakespeare. After her death in 1887, an article written in the New York Freeman’s Journal described his mother as “a woman of rare intellectual force and unremitting energy joined to ...

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