Former Mayor of Covington and member of the Kentucky State House of Representatives. Daniel A. O’Donovan was born on December 4, 1874 in Covington. His parents were Patrick O’Donovan and Ann Donovan O’Donovan, both Irish immigrants.
Between 1900 and 1910, Daniel A. O’Donovan worked as a manager and construction engineer with the St. Louis & Merrimac Railroad Company. He then began working for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad Company.
O’Donovan was an active member of the Democratic Party. In 1921, he successfully ran for a seat in the Kentucky House of Representatives. In 1923, O’Donovan was elected Mayor of the City of Covington. His term began on January 7, 1924 and ended in 1927. At that time, he began working as a stockbroker in the Dixie Terminal in Cincinnati.
Daniel A. O’Donovan again ran for Mayor of Covington in 1931. A few days before the November 3rd primary, he cashed three checks with the Covington City Cashier, M.G. Himes. The three checks bounced. The Kentucky Post printed the story in several issues. O’Donovan claimed that he had sufficient funds in his account, however, a deposit was slow in clearing. He accused the current city officials of orchestrating the affair for political purposes. O’Donovan filed a $100,000 lawsuit against the Kentucky Post for printing false and malicious stories. O’Donovan lost his bid for re-election.
During the later years of his life, O’Donovan worked as a timekeeper at the Gibson Hotel in Cincinnati and as a clerk at St. Xavier Church in Cincinnati. He died on June 26, 1943 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Covington following an appendicitis operation. He was survived by his widow, Margaret E. Milet O’Donovan. The couple had six children: Pvt. Cyril O’Donovan, Daniel J. O’Donovan, Carroll J. O’Donovan, Mrs. Joseph Bamberger, Mrs. Elmer Bracke and Mrs. George Van Lockeren. He was also survived by one sister, Sister Mary Nazarious S.C.N. His last place of residence was 1542 Scott Street in Covington. Funeral services were held at St. Mary Cathedral in Covington with burial at St. Mary Cemetery in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky.
Kentucky Death Certificate 1943; Kentucky Post, December 8, 1924, p. 1, December 31, 1927, p. 1, October 24, 1931, p. 1, October 25, 1931, p. 1, October 26, 1931, p. 1, June 27, 1943, p. 1, June 28, 1943, p. 1 and 3, June 19, 2000, p. 4k; Pictorial and Industrial Review of Northern Kentucky (1923) p. 19.