Edward Mortimer Macdonald

Edward Mortimer Macdonald, PC KC (August 16, 1865 May 25, 1940) was a Canadian politician.

The Hon.

Edward Mortimer Macdonald
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Antigonish—Guysborough
In office
Preceded byColin Francis McIsaac
Succeeded byJohn Carey Douglas
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Pictou
In office
Preceded byAdam Carr Bell
Succeeded byAlexander McGregor
Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly for Pictou
In office
Personal details
Born(1865-08-16)August 16, 1865
Pictou, Nova Scotia
DiedMay 25, 1940(1940-05-25) (aged 74)
Political partyLiberal
CabinetMinister Without Portfolio (1923)
Minister of National Defence (1923-1926)

Born in Pictou, Nova Scotia, the son of John D. and Mary Isabel Macdonald, Macdonald was educated at the Pictou Academy and Dalhousie College where he received a Bachelor of Law in 1887. He was admitted to the Nova Scotia bar in 1887 and the Bar of Quebec in 1918. He was created a King's Counsel in 1904.

He first ran for House of Commons of Canada in the riding of Pictou in the 1896 federal election. Defeated, he lost again in 1900. From 1897 to 1904, he was the Nova Scotia Liberal member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly for the electoral district of Pictou.

He was elected in the 1904 federal election. A Liberal, he was re-elected in 1908 and 1911. He did not run in 1917, but was elected again in 1921. In 1923, he was appointed Minister without Portfolio and Minister of National Defence (Acting). From 1923 to 1926, he was the Minister of National Defence.


  • "Prominent people of the Maritime Provinces (in business and professional life)". Internet Archive. 1922.
  • Edward Mortimer Macdonald – Parliament of Canada biography

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