Birth Name: John Alexander Macdonald
Date of Birth: 11 January, 1815
Place of Birth: Glasgow, Scotland
Date of Death: June 6, 1891
Place of Death: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
John A. Macdonald was a Scottish-born Canadian politician. A Father of Confederation, he served as the first Prime Minister of Canada, from July 1, 1867 to November 5, 1873. He later served as Prime Minister again, from October 17, 1878 until June 6, 1891, when he died in office. He was a member of the Conservative Party.
Prime Minister Macdonald was born in Glasgow, Scotland, to Helen (Shaw) and Hugh Alexander MacDonald. The family moved to Kingston, Upper Canada, in 1820, when John was about five.
Both the first and second Prime Ministers of Canada were born in Scotland (the second was Alexander Mackenzie). The first Canadian Prime Minister to have been born in Canada was John Abbott, who began serving as Prime Minister in 1891, 24 years after Canadian Confederation.
Prime Minister Macdonald’s paternal grandparents were John A. Macdonald and Jean.
Prime Minister Macdonald’s maternal grandparents were James Shaw (the son of Angus Shaw and Lucia Jean MacPherson) and Margaret Grant (the daughter of John Grant and Mary Ross).
Source: Genealogy of John A. Macdonald – http://www.geni.com
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