James Malcolm

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The Hon.
James Malcolm
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Bruce North
In office
1921–1935
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.

Politics[edit]

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.

Legacy[edit]

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]

References[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
James Dew Chaplin
Minister of Trade and Commerce
1926–1930
Succeeded by
Henry Herbert Stevens