Sir John A. Macdonald character jug produced by Roy Charles Asplin of Niagara, Ontario, Canada, circa 1970. Sir John Alexander Macdonald (1815-1891) was the first prime minister of Canada, serving from 1867 to 1873 and from 1878 to 1891. He was the dominant figure of Canadian Confederation and had a political career that spanned almost half a century. Macdonald was the first prime minister of the new nation and served 19 years. In his first term, Macdonald established the North-West Mounted Police and expanded Canada by annexing the North-Western Territory, Rupert's Land, British Columbia, and Prince Edward Island. Historical rankings of experts in Canadian political history have consistently placed Macdonald as one of the highest-rated prime ministers in Canadian history.
Roy Charles Asplin
Famous Canadians Series