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McDONALD, Donald, Canadian senator, born in Caledonia, New York, in 1816; died in Toronto, Canada, 21 January, 1879. His father, Alexander McDonald, a native of Inverness-shire, Scotland, early in the 19th century settled in New York state, whence he removed to Canada with his family in 1823. His son received his education chiefly in Upper Canada college, and afterward followed for many years the profession of a surveyor and civil engineer, in which capacity he identified himself with the development of the western part of Upper Canada. Many of the early standard maps of the Huron and neighboring districts were drawn by him or under his supervision. Mr. McDonald was elected by the Liberal party to the legislative council of Canada in 1858, and held that post till the confederation of the provinces in 1867. In May of that year he was called to the senate of the Dominion. While in the legislative council he had been interested in the formation of "the separate school system." He was for several years a trustee of Queen's university.
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