Alexander Macdonell (politician)

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Not to be confused with Alexander McDonell (politician).

Alexander Macdonell (1762 – March 18, 1842) was a soldier and political figure in Upper Canada.

Alexander Macdonell
Chairman of the Home District Council
In office
Preceded by William Allan
Succeeded by none
Personal details
Born 1762
Glengarry Estate, Aberchalder, Scotland
Died 18 March 1842
Toronto, United Provinces of Canada
Occupation Soldier, Politician

He was born in Scotland in 1762 and arrived in the Mohawk Valley of New York with other members of his family, including his brother, Angus Macdonell. He served with the Royal Highland Emigrant Regiment during the American Revolution. In 1781, he came to Canada and joined Butler's Rangers until the regiment was disbanded in 1784.

Macdonell moved to York (Toronto), where he served as a Sheriff for the Home District from 1792 to 1805. He was elected to the 3rd Parliament of Upper Canada representing Glengarry & Prescott, serving until 1816. He was speaker of the House from 1804 to 1808.

At the start of the War of 1812, he became a colonel in the militia. In 1813, he was taken prison at Niagara by the Americans. In 1815, on his release, he was made superintendent of the Settling Department.

From 1831 to 1834 he was Chairman of the Home District Council and the last to serve the post before Toronto City Council was formed in 1834. In addition he was the Sheriff for the Home District.


He died at Toronto on 18 March 1842.

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Preceded by
Sir David William Smith, 1st Baronet
Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada
Succeeded by
Samuel Street
Preceded by
William Allan
Chairman of the Home District Council
Succeeded by
William Lyon Mackenzie as Mayor of Toronto