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MacDonald, John Louis "J.L., Jno. L."



Map of Shakopee
Shakopee, MN

House 1869-70 (District 18); Senate 1871 (District 18); Senate 1873-76 (District 21)

Party when first elected:  Democratic

Counties Served:  Scott

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 2/22/1838 (uncertain) Date of Death: 7/13/1903
Birth Place: Glasgow Birth County:  Birth Country: Scotland
Other Names: J.L., Jno. L.
Alternate Spelling of Last Name:  McDonald, Macdonald
Gender:  Male Religion:  Not Reported
City of Residence (when first elected):  Shakopee

Occupation (when first elected):  Lawyer/Retired Newspaper Publisher, Belle Plaine Enquirer/Former Owner and Editor, Shakopee Argus

EDUCATION

Pittsburgh Schools, Pennsylvania; At Least Elementary School; Academic Education
Studied Law; With Judge Chatfield; Admitted to the Bar, 1858 or 1859

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

MilitaryUnion Army (United States Civil War, Enlist and Muster Volunteers) ??/??/186? to ??/??/186?
JudgeProbate Court, Scott County, Minnesota (Judge of Probate)Elected??/??/1860 to ??/??/1861
County AttorneyScott County, Minnesota (Prosecutor) ??/??/1863 to ??/??/1864
School Board/AdministrationScott County, Minnesota (Superintendent of Schools) ??/??/1865 to ??/??/1866
Municipal MayorShakopee, Minnesota (City Mayor)Elected??/??/1875 to ??/??/1876
Judge8th Judicial District, MinnesotaElected??/??/1876 to ??/??/1886
U.S. Representative3rd Congressional District, MinnesotaElected03/04/1887 to 03/03/1889

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Mary Hennessy (married on June 22, 1861)
Children:
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
Colin Francis MacDonald  - Brother

GENERAL NOTES

Toensing and The Fifteenth Legislature of Minnesota, 1873 list his birth year as 1836; the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress and Progressive Men of Minnesota, 1897 both list 1838.

Toensing and the Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1869 list his last name as McDonald. The Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress, and The Fifteenth Legislature of Minnesota, 1873 list MacDonald. Minnesota in Three Centuries, Progressive Men of Minnesota, 1897; and the Minnesota Legislative Manuals, 1875, and 1876 list Macdonald. The Minnesota Legislative Manuals, 1871, 1873 and 1874 list both McDonald and MacDonald. The Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1870 lists both MacDonald and Macdonald.

He moved from Scotland to Nova Scotia, Canada, with his parents. He came to the United States in 1846. They moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1847. He then moved to St. Paul, Minnesota in spring 1855. He came to Belle Plaine, Minnesota in fall 1855. He moved to Shakopee, Minnesota in 1861.

"Although he has always been affiliated with the Democratic party, he maintains a high degree of independence in his political beliefs, and at present regards himself as an independent in politics." (Progressive Men of Minnesota, 1897)

He "joined the People's Party in 1892, and afterwards served as chairman of the state central committee of that organization." (Progressive Men of Minnesota, 1897)

He ran unsuccessfully as the Democratic party endorsed candidate for Minnesota Attorney General in the 1872 election.

He ran unsuccessfully as the Democratic party endorsed candidate for reelection to the United States House of Representatives in the 1888 election.

"Another prominent Democrat was John Louis Macdonald." (Twelfth State Legislature. Minnesota in Three Centuries, 1908, p. 37)

He died from injuries related to a streetcar accident in Kansas City, Missouri. He was buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri.

Total Days Served: 2548

SESSIONS SERVED

Legislative Session: 18th (1876)   Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/3/1874 Term of Office: 1/5/1875 to 1/1/1877
District: 21 Residence: Shakopee
Counties Represented: Scott
Occupation: Lawyer
Party: Democratic Party Notes: "Although he has always been affiliated with the Democratic party, he maintains a high degree of independence in his political beliefs, and at present regards himself as an independent in politics." (Progressive Men of Minnesota, 1897)
Committees:
Joint University
Judiciary
Library
Public Buildings

Legislative Session: 17th (1875)   Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/3/1874 Term of Office: 1/5/1875 to 1/1/1877
District: 21 Residence: Shakopee
Counties Represented: Scott
Occupation: Lawyer
Party: Democratic Party Notes: "Although he has always been affiliated with the Democratic party, he maintains a high degree of independence in his political beliefs, and at present regards himself as an independent in politics." (Progressive Men of Minnesota, 1897)
Committees:
Corporations
Elections
Judiciary
Library
Public Buildings

Legislative Session: 16th (1874)   Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/5/1872 Term of Office: 1/7/1873 to 1/4/1875
District: 21 Residence: Shakopee
Counties Represented: Scott
Occupation: Lawyer
Party: Democratic Party Notes: "Although he has always been affiliated with the Democratic party, he maintains a high degree of independence in his political beliefs, and at present regards himself as an independent in politics." (Progressive Men of Minnesota, 1897)
Committees:
Elections
Insane Asylum
Library
Public Buildings

Legislative Session: 15th (1873)   Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/5/1872 Term of Office: 1/7/1873 to 1/4/1875
District: 21 Residence: Shakopee
Counties Represented: Scott
Occupation: Lawyer
Party: Democratic Party Notes: "Although he has always been affiliated with the Democratic party, he maintains a high degree of independence in his political beliefs, and at present regards himself as an independent in politics." (Progressive Men of Minnesota, 1897)
Committees:
Elections
Judiciary
Public Buildings
State Library

Legislative Session: 13th (1871)   Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/8/1870 Term of Office: 1/3/1871 to 1/1/1872
District: 18 Residence: Shakopee
Counties Represented: Scott
Occupation: Lawyer
Party: Democratic Party Notes: "Although he has always been affiliated with the Democratic party, he maintains a high degree of independence in his political beliefs, and at present regards himself as an independent in politics." (Progressive Men of Minnesota, 1897)
Committees:
Joint Agricultural College Lands and College
Judiciary
Public Lands

Legislative Session: 12th (1870)   Session Details
Body: House Elected: 11/2/1869 Term of Office: 1/4/1870 to 1/2/1871
District: 18 Residence: Shakopee
Counties Represented: Scott
Occupation: Lawyer
Party: Democratic Party Notes: "Although he has always been affiliated with the Democratic party, he maintains a high degree of independence in his political beliefs, and at present regards himself as an independent in politics." (Progressive Men of Minnesota, 1897)
Committees:
Education
Insurance
Judiciary
Railroads

Legislative Session: 11th (1869)   Session Details
Body: House Elected: 11/3/1868 Term of Office: 1/5/1869 to 1/3/1870
District: 18 Residence: Shakopee
Counties Represented: Scott
Occupation: Lawyer/Retired Newspaper Publisher, Belle Plaine Enquirer/Former Owner and Editor, Shakopee Argus
Party: Democratic Party Notes: "Although he has always been affiliated with the Democratic party, he maintains a high degree of independence in his political beliefs, and at present regards himself as an independent in politics." (Progressive Men of Minnesota, 1897)
Committees:
Education
Judiciary
Railroads

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