Sir John A.: Anecdotal Life of John A. MacDonald

Hardcover | January 1, 1989

EditorCynthia M. Smith, Jack McLeod

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Canada's first prime minister, Sir John A.MacDonald (1815-1891) had a forty-seven year career in parliament that permanently shaped the course of Canadian political life. MacDonald was far more than the chief architect of Confederation - he was a complex, eccentric man who, unlike today'smedia groomed politicians, rarely subdued his strong personality for political gain. This book gives us the man behind the legend. Lively and revealing anecdotes of Sir John A.'s political and parliamentary life are set against stories of his private joys and sorrows - the murder of his brother by a drunken servant before his own eyes; his rebellious youth; the illness of his beautiful first wife and her addiction to opium; hiscourtship and second marriage; the tragedy of his only daughter seriously handicapped from hydrocephalus; and his life-long battle with alcohol. Stories of patronage, of political campaigns, loyal supporters, and bitter opponents take readers through many of the major events of nineteenth- centuryCanada, from the building of the CPR to the Riel Rebellions to name only a few.

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Canada's first prime minister, Sir John A.MacDonald (1815-1891) had a forty-seven year career in parliament that permanently shaped the course of Canadian political life. MacDonald was far more than the chief architect of Confederation - he was a complex, eccentric man who, unlike today'smedia groomed politicians, rarely subdued his st...

Cynthia M. Smith is Chief of the Legislative Research Service, Ontario Legislative Library, and associate editor of The Oxford Book of Canadian Political Anecdotes. Jack McLeod, Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto, is the author of two highly acclaimed novels, Zinger and Me and Going Grand, and the editor of Th...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.4 × 5.4 × 0.6 inPublished:January 1, 1989Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195406818

ISBN - 13:9780195406818

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