Macdonald, Sir John A.

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Date of Birth1815-01-11

Place of birth:Glasgow, Scotland

Date of Death1891-06-06

Place of death:Ottawa, Ontario

Cause of death:complications of stroke suffered on May 29 1891

Sir John A. Macdonald was the first Prime Minister of Canada and a dominant figure in Canadian confederation. He was second longest serving Prime Minister and the only PM to win 6 majority governments.

Educated: Royal Grammar, Kingston, Upper Canada; Oxford University
Private Occupation: Lawyer
Political Party: Conservative (formerly Liberal-Conservative)
Term of Office: July 1, 1867 – November 5, 1873; October 17, 1878 – June 6, 1891
Other Ministries: Pre-confederation Legislative Assembly; Receiver-General 1847-48; Attorney-General 1854-56, 1862.
Married: September 1, 1843 to Isabella Clark (1811-56); February 16, 1867 to Susan Agnes Bernard (1836-1920)

Interment Info

With him in the family plot are his mother Helen and father Hugh, his first wife Isabella, 1809-1857, and an infant son who died in 1848. His second wife Susan Agnes Bernard, Baroness Macdonald, is buried in Ocklynge Cemetery in Eastbourne, south of London, England. When he died in 1891 grieving Canadians turned out in the thousands to pay their respects while he lay in state in the Senate Chamber and they lined the tracks to watch the train that returned his body to Kingston. His funeral was held on June 9 1891.

John Alexander Macdonald
1815 – 1891
At rest.

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I learned my love of “spirit walking” from my Mother, Barbara Ann Scott. My Mum was an avid genealogist who spent many days in cemeteries in Ontario, Quebec and Scotland. I joined my Mother on many of these research visits and found that I was really moved by some of the inscriptions, the dates and trends. I realized that much could be learned about the local history of an area by examining the cemeteries. I have continued to be inspired to visit cemeteries in communities even if I don’t know anyone who is interred there. I have stumbled upon former Canadian Prime Ministers, artists and athletes. I have also discovered many small communities and vanished villages near and far from home. This web site is about acknowledging the many great Canadians who shaped the Canada I know.

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