William McDonald (Canadian politician)
|Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Cape Breton
Newton LeGayet Mackay (1872-1878)
Hugh McLeod (1878-1879)
William Mackenzie McLeod (1879-1882)
Murray Dodd (1882-1884)
|Preceded by||James Charles McKeagney|
|Succeeded by||Hector Francis McDougall|
|Senator for Cape Breton, Nova Scotia|
|Appointed by||John A. Macdonald|
October 7, 1837|
Inverness, Nova Scotia
|Died||July 4, 1916(aged 78)|
William McDonald (October 7, 1837 – July 4, 1916) was a Canadian politician.
Born at the Settlement of River Deny's Road, Inverness, Nova Scotia, the son of Mary McDonald and Allan McDonald, who emigrated from South Uist, Scotland, McDonald was educated at St. Francois Xavier College, Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
A merchant, he was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons for Cape Breton in the 1872 federal election. A Conservative, he was re-elected in 1874, 1878, and 1882. In 1884, he was called to the Senate on the advice of John Alexander Macdonald representing the senatorial division of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. He served for almost 44 years as a member of parliament and senator until his death in 1916.
- Personnel of the Senate and House of Commons, eighth Parliament of Canada, elected June 23, 1896. Montreal: Lovell. p. 83. Retrieved 2007-04-27.
- Pat MacAdam, ["Senator Billy: a land-owning legend http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/NS-CAPE-BRETON/2005-08/1125189828] Cape Breton Post, August 25, 2005