William McDonald (Canadian politician)

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The Hon.
William McDonald
William McDonald.jpg
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Cape Breton
In office
Serving with
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
In office
Appointed by John A. Macdonald
Personal details
Born (1837-10-07)October 7, 1837
Inverness, Nova Scotia
Died July 4, 1916(1916-07-04) (aged 78)
Political party Conservative

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.[1]

The intersection of Main, Union and Commercial streets in downtown Glace Bay is named "Senator's Corner" in his honour.[2]


  1. ^ Personnel of the Senate and House of Commons, eighth Parliament of Canada, elected June 23, 1896. Montreal: Lovell. p. 83. Retrieved 2007-04-27. 
  2. ^ 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

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