Political Careers of Former ND Football Players

Apr 16, 2016

As most of you know, I am working on a book about early (1887-1917) Notre Dame Football.  With the recent election of Corey Robinson as Student Body President, I decided to look at the State and Federal Elections of some of our early football players.  Many were elected or appointed as judges and a few were small town mayors.  Many also were Notre Dame Class Officers; Class Secretaries; and Officers of Notre Dame Alumni Clubs.  Here is a list of those who achieved some notoriety as politicians:

John Diener, Democratic Mayor of Green Bay, WI

Sherwood Dixon, Democratic Lt. Governor of Illinois

John Eggeman, Indiana Delegate to 1908 and 1928 Democratic National Conventions

Al Feeney, Democratic Mayor of Indianapolis

James Fitzgibbon, Ohio Delegate to the 1912 Democratic National Convention

Steve Fleming, Indiana Delegate to the 1912 and 1916 Democratic National Conventions

Albert Galen, Attorney General of Montana, ran unsuccessfully as a Republican for the U.S. Senate

Harry Hogan, national Republican Party organizer, from Indiana

Peter Lennon, three-term Republican member of the Michigan House and three more in State Senate

Frank Lonergan, Republican Speaker of the House and Acting Governor of Oregon

Edwin Lynch, Ohio Delegate to the 1928 Democratic National Convention

Ray Miller, Democratic Mayor of Cleveland, OH

Joseph O’Hara, six-term Republican Congressman from the Second District of Minnesota

Ed Prudhomme, Democratic member of Louisiana State Legislature

William Walsh, Democratic Mayor of Yonkers, NY.


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