Prominent McDonalds of America, Past Generations
ALEXANDER MCDONALD: senator; b. Clinton Co., Pa., 1832. He settled in Arkansas as a merchant in 1863, established and became president of a National bank at Fort Smith, and was also president of the Merchants’ National Bank of Little Rock. On the readmission of Arkansas into the Union, he was elected a U. S. Senator, serving from 1868 to 1871.
CHARLES JAMES: jurist; b. Charleston, S. C., 1793; brought up in Hancock Co., Ga.; was a judge of the Supreme Court of Georgia from 1857 until his death in 1860. He was a man of great influence and probity.
DANIEL: Canadian clergyman; b. St. Andrew’s, P.E.I., 1822; studied seven years in Rome and received the degree of D.D.; was ordained in Rome in 1851, and in 1857 returned to P.E.I. He was appointed Vicar-General and senior priest of St. Dunstan’s Cathedral and later became professor at St. Dunstan’s College. His ability as a speaker brought him wide fame.
DONALD: Canadian senator; b. Caledonia, N. Y., 1816; s. of Alexander, a native of Inverness-shire, Scotland, who settled in New York State early in the 19th century, and moved to Canada with his family in 1823. He served in the Legislative Council of Canada in 1858 and later in the Senate; was interested in the formation of “the separate school system”, and was a trustee of Queen’s University.
JAMES: physician; b. White Plains, N.Y., 1803. In 1831 he has sent by the governors of New York Hospital to visit insane asylums of Europe, with understanding that on his return he should have entire charge of Bloomingdale asylum for five years. He gave a course of lectures on mental diseases at the New York College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1842, that were probably the first of that character ever delivered in the United States. He was the author of several books, including “Reports on the Condition of Blackwell Island Asylum”.
JAMES: Canadian Jurist; b. East River, Pictou, N.S. 1828, his ancestors having come from Scotland and settled in Pictou in the 18th century. He was educated at New Glasgow; admitted to U.S. bar, 1857, and appointed Queen’s Counsel, 1867; served in Nova Scotia Legislature, was its chief railway commissioner, Financial Secretary, Minister of Justice, and Chief Justice.
JOSEPH EWING: senator; b. Butler Co., O., 1819. He served in the United States Congress and Senate, took a conspicuous part in debates on finance, and was in favor of hard money and a protective tariff.
RONALD: Canadian Roman Catholic bishop; b. Antigonish Co., N.S., 1835. He began his classical studies in Cape George and finished his theological course in St. Francis Xavier’s College, where he was ordained priest in 1859. During his ministry he erected five churches, a lay convent, and extension schools at Pictou, and was consecrated Bishop of Harbor Grau in the church of Pictou in 1881. He also established schools among the Micmac Indians.