I-63795.0.1 | Copy of Sir John A. Macdonald, copied in 1871
Copy of Sir John A. Macdonald, copied in 1871
William Notman (1826-1891)
1871, 19th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on paper - Albumen process
13.7 x 10 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords: male (26812) , Photograph (77678) , portrait (53878)
Canada's first prime minister, John A. Macdonald, played a critical role in achieving federation and in holding Canada together in its first difficult decades. He was responsible for chartering the Pacific Railway and for a National Policy that favoured immigration, protection for Canadian industry and railway construction. He also worked untiringly toward a political entente between the political leaders of French and English Canada. Before embarking on a political career, Macdonald practised law and invested in many sectors of the economy, including shipping.