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MACDONALD, John, Canadian merchant, born in Perth, Scotland, 27 December, 1824. When a mere youth he came to Canada, and was educated first at Dalhousie college, Halifax, and then in Toronto. He served mercantile houses in Canada and in Jamaica, Wisconsin, and in 1849 engaged in business on his own account in Toronto, becoming one of the wealthiest merchants in the country. He entered public life as a member for west Toronto in the legislative assembly of Canada. was re-elected in 1865, and served till 1867, when he was defeated as a candidate for the Dominion parliament. In 1875 he was elected for centre Toronto by acclamation, but was defeated in 1878. Mr. Macdonald has been an independent Liberal in politics. He opposed the coalition of 1864, and voted against confederation. He is a director in several business companies, chairman of the hospital board, a member of the senate of the Provincial university, Toronto, and a visitor of Victoria university, Cobourg. He has long been a member of the general confer-once of the Methodist Episcopal church, and has been actively connected with the Evangelical alliance, the Bible society, and the Young men's Christian association. In November, 1887, he became a member of the Dominion senate, and about the same time gave $40,000 to found a hospital in Toronto. He has published a pamphlet "Business Success."
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