James Donald (politician)

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Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1928–1931 23rd Auckland East United

James Bell Donald (1889–1971) was a United Party Member of Parliament in Auckland, New Zealand. He was a cabinet minister from 1928 to 1931 in the United Government.[1]

He won the Auckland East electorate off Labour’s John A. Lee in 1928, by 37 votes.[2] According to Olsen, Lee's opponent was "a staunch anti-militarist who had been gaoled during the [Great] war".[3]

When he retired in 1931, the electorate went back to Labour.[4] In 1935, he was awarded the King George V Silver Jubilee Medal.[5]


  1. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 80.
  2. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 193.
  3. ^ Olsen 1977.
  4. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 233.
  5. ^ "Official jubilee medals". The Evening Post. 6 May 1935. p. 4. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 


  • John A. Lee by Erik Olsen (University of Otago Press, Dunedin, 1977) ISBN 0-908569-04-1
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103. 
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
John A. Lee
Member of Parliament for Auckland East
Succeeded by
Frederick Schramm