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MacDONALD, Hugh, Canadian jurist, born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, 4 May, 1827. He was educated at his native place, studied law, and was admitted to the bar of Nova Scotia in 1855, and became Queen's counsel in 1872. He was defeated when first a candidate for the provincial parliament, but was elected for Inverness in 1859, and represented it till 1862, in which year he declined the solicitor-generalship. In 1866 he was a member of a delegation that went to London to oppose the confederation of the British North American provinces, and in 1867 was elected to the Dominion parliament for Antigonish, and represented that constituency till November, 1873. Mr. MacDonald became a member of the privy council, 14 June, 1873, and was president of that body until 1 July, when he was appointed minister of militia and defence. On 5 November, 1873, he was appointed for life a judge of the superior court of Nova Scotia.
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