NEW VERNON, N.J. (AP) — Raymond Donovan, a construction company executive who resigned as secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor following grand larceny and other charges of which he was later acquitted by a jury, died last week. He was 90.

Donovan, of New Vernon, New Jersey, was surrounded by family when he died Wednesday at home of congestive heart failure, according to an obituary posted on the website of the Gallaway and Crane funeral home in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.

Donovan became famous for asking, after his acquittal, “Which office do I go to to get my reputation back?”


Donovan was born Aug. 31, 1930, one of 12 children, in Bayonne, New Jersey, and attended seminaries in Alabama and New Orleans but left before ordination to go into business, becoming a partner in Schiavone Construction Company. He also founded Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club in Bedminster,…

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