1818 – Born on September 12th in Castle Leathers, Inverness County, Scotland. Scottish-born politician and railway builder who served as Canadian minister of the interior.
1835 – Macpherson emigrated from Scotland to Montreal, where he amassed a large fortune in shipping.
1853 – He moved to Toronto and obtained a contract to build a railway line in Canada West (now in Ontario) from Toronto to Sarnia (later part of the Grand Trunk Railway from Toronto to Montreal).
1864 – He was elected member of the provincial legislative council for Saugeen.
1867 – When the Dominion of Canada was created, he was nominated to the Senate.
1871 – He vied with Sir Hugh Allan for a charter to build the Canadian Pacific Railway.
1880 – Macpherson was made speaker of the Senate and minister without portfolio in the Conservative Cabinet.
1883-1885 – He served as Canadian minister of the interior.
– He became minister of the interior, but he retired from that post, charged with incapacity in dealing with the Northwest Rebellion.
– Macpherson was knighted.
1896 – Died on August 16th while at sea.