Finlay MacDonald (politician, born 1866)

Finlay MacDonald (17 November 1866 – 29 May 1948) was a Conservative member of the House of Commons of Canada. He was born in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia and became a barrister.

Finlay MacDonald
Member of Parliament
for Cape Breton South
In office
October 1925 – October 1935
Preceded byWilliam F. Carroll
Succeeded byDavid James Hartigan
Personal details
Born(1866-11-17)17 November 1866
Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia
Died29 May 1948(1948-05-29) (aged 81)
Sydney, Nova Scotia
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Olive E. Guthrie
m. 17 August 1919[1]

The son of Malcolm MacDonald and Sarah Cantwell,[2] MacDonald attended St. Francis Xavier College then Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, earning a Bachelor of Laws degree. From 1906 to 1925 he was a city solicitor for Sydney, Nova Scotia. He was also appointed a King's Counsel.[1]

He was first elected to Parliament at the Cape Breton South riding in the 1925 general election then re-elected there in 1926 and 1930. MacDonald was defeated in the 1935 federal election by David James Hartigan of the Liberals.

He died in 1948 at Sydney.[3]

His son, also named Finlay MacDonald, a Halifax broadcasting executive, would run unsuccessfully for the House of Commons in the riding of Halifax in the 1963 Federal Election, and would eventually be appointed to the Canadian Senate by then-Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in 1984.


  1. ^ a b c Normandin, A.L. (1926). Canadian Parliamentary Guide. Mortimer.
  2. ^ Johnson, J.K. (1968). The Canadian Directory of Parliament 1867-1967. Public Archives of Canada.
  3. ^ "Finlay MacDonald, died 1948 in Sydney, Cape Breton County". Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics. Retrieved 6 September 2009.

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