Hugh McDonald (politician)

Hugh Macdonald, PC (May 4, 1827 February 28, 1899) was a lawyer, judge and member of the First Canadian Parliament. He represented the Antigonish riding of Nova Scotia, from 1867 to 1869, along with William Hallett Ray, as an Anti-Confederate and, from 1869 to 1873, as a Liberal-Conservative.

The Hon.

Hugh McDonald
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Antigonish
In office
Succeeded byAngus McIsaac
Personal details
Born(1827-05-04)May 4, 1827
South River, Nova Scotia
DiedFebruary 28, 1899(1899-02-28) (aged 71)
Antigonish, Nova Scotia[1]
Political partyAnti-Confederate (1867-1869)
Liberal-Conservative (1869-1873)
Spouse(s)Sarah Smith
ResidenceAntigonish, Nova Scotia
CabinetPresident of the Privy Council (1873)
Minister of Militia and Defence (1873)

The son of Allan McDonald and Christina Cameron, he was educated at Saint Francis Xavier University and called to the Nova Scotia bar in 1855. McDonald married Sarah Smith in 1856. He practiced law in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. McDonald represented Antigonish County in the Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia from 1859 to 1863. In 1872, he was named Queen's Counsel.[1]

McDonald served as President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Militia and Defense in 1873. Later that year, he resigned his seat in parliament to accept an appointment to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court.

McDonald served as puisne judge in the Supreme Court from November 1873 until he retired from the bench in 1893.[1]

Election results

By-election on 7 July 1873

On Mr. McDonald being appointed Minister of Militia and Defence, 1 July 1873

Party Candidate Votes
Liberal–ConservativeHugh McDonaldacclaimed
1872 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal–ConservativeHugh McDonaldacclaimed
1867 Canadian federal election: Antigonish
Party Candidate Votes%
Anti-ConfederationHugh McDonald1,23876.04
ConservativeWilliam A. Henry39023.96
Total valid votes 1,628100.00  
This electoral district was created by the British North America Act, 1867 from the colonial Province of Nova Scotia's Antigonish electoral district. William Alexander Henry was one of the incumbents, along with John McKinnon.
Source: Library of Parliament[2]


  1. Johnson, J.K. (1968). The Canadian Directory of Parliament 1867-1967. Public Archives of Canada.
  2. Library of Parliament. "History of Federal Ridings since 1867, Antigonish, Nova Scotia (1867 - 1917)". Retrieved 1 December 2015.

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