N-0000.26 | Sir John A. Macdonald, Ottawa, ON, 1869

 
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Sir John A. Macdonald, Ottawa, ON, 1869
William Notman (1826-1891)
1869, 19th century
Silver salts on paper - Albumen process, painted photograph
68 x 48 cm
N-0000.26
© McCord Museum
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Born in Glasgow, Scotland, John A. MacDonald (1815-1891) immigrated to Kingston in Upper Canada at the age of five. A lawyer and businessman, he embarked upon his political career as a Conservative member for Kingston in 1844.

The leader of the Liberal-Conservative Party, he acted as joint Premier of the Province of Canada on two occasions before forming the "Great Coalition" in 1864. He was an active participant in the three conferences that led to Confederation, and was elected the first Prime Minister of Canada in 1867.

In addition to his substantial responsibilities, MacDonald had to contend with a number of personal problems. It would seem that, at certain moments of his life, he was tempted to drown his problems in alcohol.