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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 3
Martin Vincent McDonald, C.E.


Martin V. McDonald, manager at Edmonton for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, was born at Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1889, and is of Irish lineage in the paternal line, while his maternal ancestors were natives of Scotland. His father, John Edward McDonald, was born in Halifax in 1842 and was there married in 1867 to Ellen L. Coope, who was also a native of that city. She was born in 1852 and was seventy years of age at the time of her demise, while the father passed away in 1902, when sixty years of age.

Martin Vincent McDonald obtained his early education in St. Patrick's school in his native city, afterward becoming a student at Dalhousie University in Halifax, and in 1911 he was graduated from the Maritime Business College. He then reentered Dalhousie University and completed his course in 1913, winning the degree of Civil Engineer. Going to the States, he was for two years an accountant with a business house at Attleboro, Massachusetts, and at the end of that time returned to Canada, making his way to Cobalt, Ontario, where for two and a half years he engaged in civil engineering. Subsequently he returned to Halifax and in 1916 entered the employ of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, which he represented in that city for two years, when he was promoted to the position of assistant manager of the office at Winnipeg, Manitoba. Later he was sent to Brandon, Manitoba, as manager and on July 4, 1921, was transferred to the Edmonton branch, of which he has since had charge. He combines a thorough knowledge of the business with executive force and has materially promoted the success of the company in this district.

At Halifax, Nova Scotia, on August 17, 1914, Mr. McDonald was married to Miss Leona Theresa Griffin, a daughter of Judge John C. Griffin, who died while serving upon the bench. Mr. and Mrs. McDonald have become the parents of a son, Lawrence Martin, born June 25, 1916. In his political views Mr. McDonald is a Liberal and he is a communicant of the Roman Catholic church, also having membership in the Knights of Columbus. He is a typical young man of the present age, alert, energetic and determined, and his career has been marked by steady progress, while his admirable personal qualities have gained him a high place in the regard of those with whom he has been associated.


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