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MACDONALD, John, Canadian member of parliament, born in Saratoga, New York, 10 February, 1787; died in Gananoque, Ontario, 20 September, 1860. His fa-thor, John, came to Saratoga from Perthshire, Scotland, a few days before the birth of his son. The latter attended school at Glenn's Falls, and. after on-gaging in business in Troy, New York, removed to Gana-noque, Canada, and became a partner of his brother Charles, who had established himself in that place in 1810. In 1838 he was appointed a member of the legislative council of Upper Canada, and at the time of the union of Upper and Lower Canada in 1840 he was called to the legislative council of the united provinces, of which he was a member until the removal of the seat of government from Kingston to Montreal. He was for some time a colonel of the Leeds militia, held local offices in Gananoque, and, together with his brother Charles, paid for the building of the first church that was erected in that town.--His son, Herbert Stone, Canadian jurist, born in Gananoque, 23 February, 1842, was educated at Gananoque grammar-school and at Queen's university, where he was graduated in 1859. He then studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1863, and engaged in practice in Brockville. In 1867 Mr. Macdonald was appointed deputy judge of the counties of Leeds and Grenville, which appointment was revoked in 1869. At the general election of 1871 he was sent in the Conservative interest to the legislative assembly of Ontario, but resigned in autunm, 1873, on being appointed a junior judge. In 1878 he was appointed a senior judge, and in October, 1885, he became revising-otIieer for several electoral districts. In 1873 he had charge of the Orange incorporation bills, which passed the legislature, but were reversed by the lieutenant-governor and never became law. and the same year went on a lecturing tour through Ireland.
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