James Malcolm

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The Hon.
James Malcolm
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Bruce North
In office
Preceded by Hugh Clark
Succeeded by District was abolished in 1933
Personal details
Born (1880-07-14)July 14, 1880
Kincardine, Ontario
Died December 6, 1935(1935-12-06) (aged 55)
Political party Liberal
Cabinet Minister of Trade and Commerce (1926-1930)
Committees Chair, Special Committee on Civil Service Act (1923)

James Malcolm, PC (July 14, 1880 – December 6, 1935) was a Canadian politician.

Early life[edit]

James Malcolm was born July 14, 1889 in Kincardine, Ontario to Andrew Malcolm, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario and Annie Robertson.[1]

In 1905 at the age of 16, Malcolm married Ethel A. Swan whom he lived with in Kincardine, Ontario.[2]

Furniture Manufacturing[edit]

Malcolm's father, Andrew Malcolm Sr. owned and operated a furniture company in Kincardine, Ontario. Malcolm and his brother joined their father's company in which Malcolm become chairman and ran the Kincardine factory.


Malcolm was elected to the Canadian House of Commons representing the Ontario riding of Bruce North in the 1921 federal election. A Liberal, he was re-elected in 1925, 1926, and 1930.

From 1926 to 1930, he served as Minister of Trade and Commerce in the cabinet of Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King.


Malcolm was the first Canadian to make a public address by Trans-Atlantic telephone in 1928.[3]

In 1923, Malcolm purchased a large mansion in Kincardine, Ontario. The building still stands today as a retirement residence and bares the name 'Malcolm Place' in his honour.[4]


Political offices
Preceded by
James Dew Chaplin
Minister of Trade and Commerce
Succeeded by
Henry Herbert Stevens