Donald Alexander Macdonald

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The Honorable
Donald Alexander Macdonald
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Glengarry
In office
September 20, 1867 – May 18, 1875
Preceded by new riding
Succeeded by Archibald McNab
4th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
In office
May 18, 1875 – June 30, 1880
Monarch Victoria
Governor General The Earl of Dufferin
Marquess of Lorne
Premier Oliver Mowat
Preceded by John Willoughby Crawford
Succeeded by John Beverley Robinson
Personal details
Born (1817-02-17)February 17, 1817
St. Raphael, Upper Canada
Died June 10, 1896(1896-06-10) (aged 79)
Montreal, Quebec
Nationality Canadian
Political party Liberal
Relations Alexander Francis Macdonald, brother
John Sandfield Macdonald, brother

Donald Alexander Macdonald, PC (February 17, 1817 – June 10, 1896) was a Canadian politician.

Born in 1817 in St. Raphael's, Ontario, Donald Alexander Macdonald studied at St Raphael's College under the first Catholic Bishop of Ontario, Alexander Macdonell. He became a railway contractor and was elected as a member of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada from 1857 to 1867. He was the Liberal Member of Parliament for Glengarry in the Canadian House of Commons from 1867 to 1875, and served as Postmaster General of Canada. In 1875 Macdonald was appointed the fourth Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and held that post until 1880. He died in Montreal in 1896.

He was the brother of John Sandfield Macdonald, the first Premier of Ontario, and Alexander Francis Macdonald, the MP for Cornwall from 1874 to 1878.


Hon. Donald Alexander Macdonald, P.C., and Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, 1875–80, married Catherine Fraser, daughter of Colonel the Hon. Alexander Fraser, M.L.C. of Fraserfield. The couple`s daughter Margaret was born at Alexandria, Ont., and educated in Montreal. She married, at Toronto, Ontario September 16, 1875, William Hales Hingston, M.D., F.R.C.S. (Lond.), who, was appointed a Commander of the Roman Order of St. Gregory (1875), was knighted by Queen Victoria in 1895, and was called to the Senate of Canada in 1896.[1]


  1. ^ Morgan, Henry James Types of Canadian women and of women who are or have been connected with Canada : (Toronto, 1903) [1]