John Alexander Macdonald

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Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

John Alexander Macdonald was born in Ramshorn parish in Glasgow, Scotland back in 1815 to Hugh and Helen.  In 1820, the family moved to Kingston, Canada.  In 1829, his father was appointed a magistrate for the Midland District west of Kingston.  When he was 10 the family sent him to Midland District Grammar School.  He stayed until he reached 15 and left. 

He started studying law travelling by steamboat to Toronto he passed the examination set by The Law Society of Upper Canada.  He was a promising student, and in the summer of 183, he managed the Mackenzie office.  Later that year he was sent to manage the law office of a Mackenzie cousin who had fallen ill. 

He was called to the bar in 1836.  One of his earliest clients was Eliza Grimason who sought his advice concerning a shop for her and her husband.  Mr. Grimason became one of his most loyal supporters.  In 1838, he was sent to represent a group of American raiders who had crossed the border to liberate Canada. He died in 1891, he was 76.

What you may not know about John is that he was elected as the first prime minister of Canada.  He was also a dominate figure of the Canadian Confederation.

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Comments (19)

Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

An education can take you to a lot of places James. Being a Prime Minister is a decent gig.

Aug 26, 2021 02:50 AM
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH
GRI

Hi James,  I never heard of anyone wanting to "liberate" Canada.  There has to be more to that story!

Aug 26, 2021 02:56 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James - no I didn't know that at all.  Need to learn more about Canadian History.

Aug 26, 2021 03:27 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - as much as my knowledge of United States history may be lacking, my awareness of the Canadian past is even more deficient.  Perhaps Susan Emo could offer a short course - maybe Maple Leaf History for Dummies like me and others in our country, eh?  

Aug 26, 2021 04:56 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I will have to ask my Canadian friends if they have heard of this man, I surely had not before today.

Aug 26, 2021 05:12 AM
Susan Emo

Wow!  He is our Founding Father!! 🇨🇦

Aug 26, 2021 06:19 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Like many of the Rainers who ventured to your post befor me, I was clueless! Now I know! Enjoy your day.

Aug 26, 2021 05:31 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I know very little about Canada James Dray even though I only live about 50 miles from it. In fact I've only been there once for a fishing trip.

Aug 26, 2021 05:53 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

James, love reading these posts, as it shows how our Country (and Canada) evolved.

Aug 26, 2021 06:08 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care and be safe.

Aug 26, 2021 07:14 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James! If he managed an office in the summer of 183, I assume there was a time travel machine involed?

Aug 26, 2021 08:14 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

James,

Like Michael Jacobs stated, I know very little about Canadian history.  I have visited Canada several time and in different parts...A

Aug 26, 2021 08:15 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

hmmm, I did not know he was the first Prime Minister of Canada. Good post as always.

Aug 26, 2021 10:52 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

My knowledge of Canadian history is even more limted than what I know about US history. Now I can say I know something!

Aug 26, 2021 01:27 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good evening James,

A truly educated man and probably rolling around in his grave!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Aug 26, 2021 02:45 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi James... I'm sure our Canadian friends know of this man... we Americans, not so much.

Aug 26, 2021 03:00 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- and yet another interesting person from history!!!  Thank you. 

Aug 26, 2021 06:13 PM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

WOW - reading these comments shocks me to the core.  How would you feel if we hadn't heard of George Washington?  SJA is our Founding Father and did amazing things for our Nation.  He made a poor choice of having the Catholic Church look after our Indian children and for that, snowflake Canadians want to crucify him and are toppling his statues etc.   I am born and raised in Kingston Ontario and am VERY proud of this man.  I sold a home recently that he used to stop in by steamship and there he worked on our Papers of Confederation.
https://www.macdonaldlaurier.ca/defence-sir-john-macdonald-legacy/

Aug 26, 2021 06:26 PM
Michael Jacobs

Susan - thank you for including the link.  

Aug 26, 2021 06:47 PM
Sam Shueh

Kingston was the birthplace of father of my girl friend. He said he worked at a clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and I did not know he was a famous physician at Mayo Clinic. During WW2 they sent nursing students to Mayo for training. A nurse married Dr Rooke. Rest is history. 


All the Washingtons I know are Afro-Americans.  One indeed calls himself George Jr. 

Aug 28, 2021 07:59 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Susan Emo do not be shocked, I came to this country 54 four years ago to the day:) and every day, every week and every year I have learned how little Americans know about world history unlike those who look at the Americans...Endre

Aug 26, 2021 10:49 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James thank you for taking the trouble to educate those who are well let me just leave it at less familiar with history of the world, Endre

Aug 26, 2021 10:51 PM