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Finding Aid - John Sandfield Macdonald fonds (PF147)

John Sandfield Macdonald fonds


5 p.

Biographical Sketch
John Sandfield Macdonald was born in St. Raphael West, Glengarry County, Upper Canada, on December 12th, 1812. Despite leaving school early, in 1832, Macdonald returned to the Eastern District Grammar School in Cornwall to continue his education. He was admitted as a student-at-law by the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1835, and was called to the Bar in 1840 after articling with Archibald McLean and William Henry Draper in Cornwall. Between 1840 and 1841, he practised law in Cornwall with Donald Ban Maclennan before deciding to enter politics when he ran for election in the first Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada. He became Speaker of the Assembly in 1851. Macdonald's political career was most notable for his involvement in Confederation and his position as the first Premier of the Province of Ontario from 1867 to 1871. John Sandfield Macdonald died on June 1st, 1872, in Cornwall, Ontario.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of letters written by John Sandfield Macdonald (1812-1872), an Upper Canadian Assembly member and Ontario's first premier.
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Reference Code / Title / Date
985041-001 Correspondence by John Sandfield Macdonald. -- 1850-1869
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