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sir john a macdonald





Sir John A. Macdonald was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on January 10, 1815. His fathers name
was Hugh Macdonald and his mothers name was Helen Shaw. His father had migrated to Glasgow
from the town of Dornach. His father was a very pleasant and easy going guy and he alwasys
wanted to make everyhting better but he usually made things worst. He was a man that had
lots of friends, he would talk a lot and drink too. His mother came from Spey Vally. His
mother was a very smart girl, she was like the opposite of his father. His mother and
father got married on 1811, and after 8 years they had 5 children, the eldest child died
and after John was the eldest. In Glasgow his fathers business wansn't doing that good and
he thought that if they would move to upper Canada they would have a better life there. So
finally in 1820 they sailed to upper Canada. They arrived at Kingston in mid July, and
John was only five years old. When he arrived his thought about Scotland just disapeard.
The Macdonald family decided to stay in Kingston. Sir John A. only went to school untill
1829, when he was only 15. His parents couldn't afford to send him to University. He says
that if had went to University he wouldn't have went into politics. When he turned 15 Sir
John A. articled to a Kingston lawyer, George Mackenzie, so he was learining Law. In 1832
Mackenzie opened a branch office where he put Macdonald in charge of it. Later on he had
taken over another law practice in Picton, when his teacher George Mackenzie died of
cholera in Kingston, He died on August of 1834. The next summer Macdonald went back to
Kingston and opened his own practice and he was admitted to the Bar in 1836 at the age of
21. His practice went well and in 1842 he was able to see something in England and
Scotland. In 1841 his father had died and there were some legal questions in Sctoland that
were needed to be cleared up. At London Macdonalds letters went well so he was able to buy
a library and ship it to Kingston. When he was visiting relatives he met his half cousin
Isabella Clark. She came to see him in 1843 and thats when they decided to get married.
The finally got married on September, 1, 1843. He had 2 sons with her and 1 died at
infancy. Then later on they got divorced an than got re married to Susan Agnes Bernard on
1867 and they had 1 daughter. Sir John A Macdonald died quietlty on Saturday, June 6,
1891. He was 76 years old.

Macdonalds accomlishments started when he was a young boy. When he was only 21 he had
opened his own practice in Kingston. After that he started being successful. In 1844 he
was elected to the Province of Canada Assembly in the election in October and that is
where he took his first seat in the legislative body, he was also re-elected in 1848,
1851, 1854, 1857, 1861 and 1863. After that his political career began well, he was soon
to become the Reciever General in the Conservative government of W.H Draper in May 1847.
In 1857 Macdonald became the Premier of the Province of Canada. In Feburuary 25, 1858
Cartier and Macdonald met the new session of Parliment that opened in Toronto. Until 1862
Macdonald and Cartier still remained in power. In 1866 Macdonald was the chairman of the
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