James J. Donnelly

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The Hon.
James J. Donnelly
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Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Bruce East
In office
February 16, 1904 – December 10, 1904
Preceded by Henry Cargill
Succeeded by District was abolished in 1903.
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Bruce South
In office
1908–1913
Preceded by Peter H. McKenzie
Succeeded by Reuben Eldridge Truax
Senator for South Bruce, Ontario
In office
1913–1948
Appointed by Robert Borden
Personal details
Born (1866-11-14)November 14, 1866
Pinkerton, Canada West
Died October 20, 1948(1948-10-20) (aged 81)
Nationality Canadian
Political party Conservative
Committees Chair, Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry (1945)
Chair, Standing Committee on Natural Resources (1946-1947)
Religion Christian

James J. Donnelly (born November 14, 1866), was appointed to the Canadian Senate for life by Prime Minister Robert Laird Borden May 26, 1913 to represent the senatorial division for Bruce South, Ontario. He was the youngest Senator chosen at that time. With more than 40 years of political experience, Senator Donnelly died at the home he built in Pinkerton on October 20, 1948 at the age of 81, approximately one and one half miles from where he was born. His wife died on December 30, 1960 at the age of 89.

James J. Donnelly had the occupation as a lumberman, president / manager, and rancher. Prior to the Canadian Senate, James J. Donnelly was the Reeve and Clerk for the Township of Greenock, Ontario and Warden of Bruce County in 1902. Senator Donnelly bought 2,800 acres (11 km2) and his family ran a lumber mill out of Chepstow. He also raised beef cattle.

In 1895 James J. Donnelly married Julia Mcnab, the daughter of Michael Mcnab and Magdalena Brohman of Chepstow and took over the old homestead from his parents who retired to Kingsbridge. However he soon became interested in the lumbering business and bought a large section of the Greenock Swamp from W. D. Cargill. So he moved with his young family to the nearby village of Pinkerton where in 1904 he built a spacious white brick residence.

Early in life James embarked on a political career. After being elected Reeve of Greenock Township, he was chosen as Warden of Bruce County in 1902. In 1904, he was elected as a Conservative member of Parliament for the Riding of East Bruce in the by-election which followed the death of W. D. Cargill. He was defeated in the 1904 federal election later that year in Bruce South but won the riding in the 1908 and 1911 elections.

His eldest son, Frank, followed his father's example of public service and was a Justice of the Supreme Court of Ontario. His son Jim of Goderich, in turn, now holds that position. The youngest son, Harold, like his father was Warden of Bruce and his son Maurice later held this position, thus setting a record of three generations as Wardens of Bruce.

Mertis, his second born, was a teacher of mathematics and married William Flannery, a North Bay lawyer in 1932. For her achievements in Community Service during World War II, she was named a member of the Order of the British Empire by George VI in 1946.

Election results[edit]

Bruce East[edit]

By-election on 16 February 1904
Party Candidate Votes
Conservative DONNELLY, James J. 1,821
Liberal ROBB, Alexander W. 1,650

Bruce South[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1904
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal MCKENZIE, Peter H. 3,082
Conservative DONNELLY, James J. 2,938
Canadian federal election, 1908
Party Candidate Votes
Conservative DONNELLY, James J. 3,005
Liberal MCKENZIE, Peter H. 2,812
Canadian federal election, 1911
Party Candidate Votes
Conservative DONNELLY, James J. 2,878
Liberal TRUAX, R.E. 2,775

Mr. J.J. Donnelly summoned to the Senate, 26 May 1913:

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