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Sir John A. Macdonald 1815-1891

Sir John A. Macdonald 1815-1891

Photo by contributor Chris Porter - December, 2005

Sir John A. Macdonald 1815-1891

Photo from Google Street View ©2011 Google - Posted January, 2011

Sir John A. Macdonald 1815-1891

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Plaque Location

The City of Glasgow
At Ramshorn Theatre at 98 Ingram Street

Coordinates: N 55 51.576 W 04 14.706


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Plaque Text

Canada's first prime minister, born in Ramshorn Parish, emigrated with his family to Kingston, Upper Canada, in 1820. A successful lawyer, he was elected to the provincial legislature in 1844 and became leader of the Conservative party. He played a leading role in the effort to achieve a federal union of Britain's North American colonies which resulted in the formation of the Dominion of Canada on July 1, 1867. Macdonald served as prime minister, 1867-73 and 1878-91, and under his administration large territories were added to Canada, a transcontinental railway built and settlement of the west encouraged. At his death Canada's autonomy, based on rapid economic development and a close British-Canadian relationship, was assured.

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> 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

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