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Macpherson, David Lewis, Sir (Macpherson, David)

Born: 1818 AD
Died: 1896 AD, at 77 years of age.

Nationality: Scottish
Categories: Politician


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.


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