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Kingston Historical Society, est. 1893

Kingston Historical Society, est. 1893



Favourite Son? John A. Macdonald and the Voters of Kingston 1841- 1891

By Ged Martin

A Troublesome BerthHow did Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first Prime Minister, succeed in holding the riding of Kingston for 38 of the 47 of the years he served in politics? How did Macdonald's growing national preoccupations affect the importance of Kingston in his thinking? How did Macdonald respond to the needs of the electors of Kingston?

A new book by author Ged Martin provides insight into the political workings of 19th century Canada using Macdonald's riding of Kingston as a microcosm. It is a lively, well-researched examination of a politician with a national vision dependent on election in a local riding and is a compelling account of the political fortunes of Macdonald, the principal architect of Confederation in 1867 and a nation-builder throughout his long political career.

The book is 214 pages, engagingly illustrated with 2 pages of colour images, maps and a selection of 8 Grip political cartoons by J. W. Bengough. Only $35.00.

Author Ged Martin is Adjunct Professor of History at the National University of Ireland in Galway, and is former Head of the Canadian Studies Department at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Published by the KHS with the assistance of the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Empire Life Insurance Company.