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Donald Claude Dobbins (March 20, 1878 – February 14, 1943) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois.

Donald C. Dobbins
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 19th district
In office
March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1937
Preceded byCharles Adkins
Succeeded byHugh M. Rigney
Personal details
Born(1878-03-20)March 20, 1878
Dewey, Illinois
DiedFebruary 14, 1943(1943-02-14) (aged 64)
Champaign, Illinois
Political partyDemocratic

Born on a farm near Dewey, Illinois, Dobbins attended public school, the University of Illinois at Urbana, Dixon Business College, and George Washington University. He then worked as a stenographer from 1900–1906, later working as a post office inspector from 1906–1909. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1909, commencing practice in Champaign, Illinois. He served as delegate to the Democratic National Convention at Philadelphia in 1936.

Dobbins was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third and Seventy-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1937). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1936, so he resumed his practice of law. He died in Champaign, Illinois, February 14, 1943 and was interred in Mount Hope Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "Donald C. Dobbins (id: D000382)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles Adkins
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 19th congressional district

Succeeded by
Hugh M. Rigney