James Malcolm (politician)

James Malcolm, PC (July 14, 1880 December 6, 1935) was a Canadian politician.

The Hon.

James Malcolm
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Bruce North
In office
Preceded byHugh Clark
Succeeded byDistrict was abolished in 1933
Personal details
Born(1880-07-14)July 14, 1880
Kincardine, Ontario, Canada
DiedDecember 6, 1935(1935-12-06) (aged 55)
Political partyLiberal
CabinetMinister of Trade and Commerce (1926-1930)
CommitteesChair, Special Committee on Civil Service Act (1923)

Early life

James Malcolm was born July 14, 1889 in Kincardine, Ontario to Andrew Malcolm, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario and Annie Robertson.[1]

In 1905 at the age of 16, Malcolm married Ethel A. Swan whom he lived with in Kincardine.

Malcolm's father owned and operated a furniture company in Kincardine, Ontario. Malcolm and his brother joined their father's company in which Malcolm become chairman and ran the Kincardine factory.


Malcolm was elected to the House of Commons of Canada representing the Ontario riding of Bruce North in the 1921 federal election. A Liberal, he was re-elected in 1925, 1926, and 1930.

From 1926 to 1930, he served as Minister of Trade and Commerce in the cabinet of Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King.


Malcolm was the first Canadian to make a public address by Trans-Atlantic telephone in 1928.

In 1923, Malcolm purchased a large mansion in Kincardine. The building still stands today as a retirement residence and bares the name 'Malcolm Place' in his honour.


Political offices
Preceded by
James Dew Chaplin
Minister of Trade and Commerce
Succeeded by
Henry Herbert Stevens

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