Edward Mortimer Macdonald

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The Hon.
Edward Mortimer Macdonald
Edward Mortimer Macdonald.jpg
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Antigonish—Guysborough
In office
1925–1926
Preceded byColin Francis McIsaac
Succeeded byJohn Carey Douglas
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Pictou
In office
1904–1925
Preceded byAdam Carr Bell
Succeeded byAlexander McGregor
Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly for Pictou
In office
1897–1904
Personal details
Born(1865-08-16)August 16, 1865
Pictou, Nova Scotia
DiedMay 25, 1940(1940-05-25) (aged 74)
Political partyLiberal
CabinetMinister Without Portfolio (1923)
Minister of National Defence (1923-1926)

Edward Mortimer Macdonald, PC KC (August 16, 1865 – May 25, 1940) was a Canadian politician.

Born in Pictou, Nova Scotia, the son of John D. and Mary Isabel Macdonald, Macdonald was educated at the Pictou Academy and Dalhousie College where he received a Bachelor of Law in 1887. He was admitted to the Nova Scotia bar in 1887 and the Bar of Quebec in 1918. He was created a King's Counsel in 1904.

He first ran for House of Commons of Canada in the riding of Pictou in the 1896 federal election. Defeated, he lost again in 1900. From 1897 to 1904, he was the Nova Scotia Liberal member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly for the electoral district of Pictou.

He was elected in the 1904 federal election. A Liberal, he was re-elected in 1908 and 1911. He did not run in 1917, but was elected again in 1921. In April 1923, he was appointed Minister without Portfolio and Minister of National Defence (Acting). From August 1923 to 1926, he was the Minister of National Defence.

Electoral record[edit]

1925 Canadian federal election: Antigonish—Guysborough
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal Edward Mortimer Macdonald 6,135
Conservative Duncan Stewart Chisholm 5,545
1921 Canadian federal election: Pictou
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal Edward Mortimer Macdonald 11,125
Conservative Thomas Cantley 7,567
Labour Robert McDonald Reid 1,271
By-election on 6 September 1923

On Mr. MacDonald's acceptance of an office of emolument under the Crown, 15 August 1923

Party Candidate Votes
Liberal Edward Mortimer MacDonald acclaimed
1917 Canadian federal election: Pictou
Party Candidate Votes
Government (Unionist) Alexander McGregor 6,800
Opposition (Laurier Liberals) Robert Hugh Mackay 6,043
1911 Canadian federal election: Pictou
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal Edward Mortimer Macdonald 4,221
Conservative Adam Carr Bell 3,937
1908 Canadian federal election: Pictou
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal Edward Mortimer Macdonald 4,336
Conservative Charles E. Tanner 4,037
1904 Canadian federal election: Pictou
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal Edward Mortimer Macdonald 4,148
Conservative Adam Carr Bell 3,716
1900 Canadian federal election: Pictou
Party Candidate Votes Elected
Conservative Charles Hibbert Tupper 3,624 Green tickY
Conservative Adam Carr Bell 3,615 Green tickY
Liberal Edward Mortimer Macdonald 3,523  
Liberal James D. McGregor 3,438  

References[edit]

  • "Prominent people of the Maritime Provinces (in business and professional life)". Internet Archive. 1922.
  • Edward Mortimer Macdonald – Parliament of Canada biography