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John A. Macdonald in Hallowell

John A. Macdonald in Hallowell

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted December, 2010

John A. Macdonald in Hallowell

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted November, 2010

John A. Macdonald in Hallowell

Photo Source - Unknown

Plaque Location

The County of Prince Edward
In Picton, on the north side of Main Street West
between Ross Street and Elizabeth Street

Coordinates: N 44 00.449 W 77 08.511


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Plaque Text

John A. Macdonald (1815-1891), who became Canada's first prime minister at Confederation, began the study of law in 1830 under George Mackenzie, a prominent Kingston lawyer. Three years later he came to Hallowell (now Picton) to manage the law practice of his cousin, Lowther P. Macpherson, who was in ill-health. During his stay here, Macdonald became the first secretary of the Prince Edward Young Men's Society in 1834 and served as secretary of the Prince Edward District School Board. The latter position constituted his earliest experience in the field of public administration. Macdonald returned to Kingston in the summer of 1835 where he set up his own law practice.

Related Ontario plaques
Sir John A. Macdonald 1815-1891
Sir John Alexander Macdonald 1815-1891
Sir John Alexander Macdonald 1815-1891

Related Toronto plaques
Sir John A. Macdonald 1815-1891
The Macdonald-Mowat House



Other Plaques in Picton
Letitia Youmans 1827-1896
The Conference Church
District Court-House and Gaol 1832
The Reverend William Macaulay 1794-1874
Founding of Hallowell
Prince Edward County Fairgrounds

Prince Edward County Plaques

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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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