Mayor Jeffrey E. Graham to proclaim January 11, 2015 as Sir John A. MacDonald Day
At the City Council Meeting of January 5, 2015, Mayor Jeffrey E. Graham will proudly declare January 11, 2015 as “Sir John A. Macdonald Day” in Watertown, New York. This day is honored annually in Kingston, Ontario, as he is Canada’s first and founding prime minister. This year, however, honors the bicentennial anniversary of his birth.
Mayor Graham says “The City of Watertown is proud and pleased to celebrate with our Kingston neighbors on this historic day and look forward to continued peace, prosperity and friendship along the Canada-U.S. border!”
Sir John A. Macdonald (1815-1891) was born in Glasgow and came to the Kingston area with his family at age 5. He was a lawyer and served the City of Kingston as an Alderman before entering the wider political sphere in pre-Confederation Canada. He was appointed the new nation’s first prime minister on July 1, 1867 and Canada’s Father of Confederation served a total of 19 years in Canada’s highest political office.
He died, still serving as prime minister, in 1891. His body lay-in-state at Kingston’s City Hall, and he is buried there.
For further information or questions, contact the City Manager’s Office, at 315-785-7730.