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Sir John Alexander Macdonald 1815-1891

Sir John Alexander Macdonald

Photos by contributor Rick Mason - Posted August, 2010

Sir John Alexander Macdonald Sir John Alexander Macdonald

Photo Source - Wikipedia

Plaque Location

The County of Frontenac
The City of Kingston
On the right side of the outside wall of this house
at 112 Rideau Street

Coordinates: N 44 14.201 W 76 28.957


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Plaque Text

Born in Scotland, Macdonald's formative years were spent here in the historic old town of Kingston. His superb skills kept him at the centre of public life for fifty years. The political genius of Confederation, he became Canada's first prime minister in 1867, held that office for nineteen years (1867-73 and 1878-91), and presided over the expansion of Canada to its present boundaries excluding Newfoundland. His National Policy and the building of the CPR were equally indicative of his determination to resist the north-south pull of geography and to create and preserve a strong country politically free and commercially autonomous.

Another plaque at this location
Sir John Alexander Macdonald 1815-1891

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Kingston Plaques

Here are the visitors' comments for this page.

> Posted January 17, 2015
This week marks the bicentennial of John Macdonald's birth, commemorated with a postage stamp and coin, both issued in his hometown of Kingston on his birthday, January 11, 2015. The city continues celebrating, this year, including at Bellevue House National Historic Site, Macdonald's home in 1848-49.
Few figures in history attain the larger-than-life stature which is his; a mind which filled a nascent nation with dreams of the continental empire it would become. -Wayne

> Posted October 7, 2010
This plaque is fascinating. It doesn't appear to be on any National Historic Sites and Monuments Board list that I've seen. -Wayne

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