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John Lorn Macdougall


Macdougall, John Lorn, M.A., Auditor General for the Dominion of Canada, Ottawa, is a native Canadian though of Scotch descent. His father, John Lorn Macdougall, emigrated to this country in 1821, and was for some years connected with the Hudson's Bay co., and subsequently settled in the Bathurst district. He was a man of considerable influence in his day, and for a short time represented Renfrew county in the Canadaian Assembly. John Lorn was born in Renfrew in 1838, and was educated at the High School, in Montreal, and entered the University of Toronto in 1855, where he distinguished himself by close application to study. He graduated in 1859, carrying off a gold medal for modern languages. On his return home, he took an active part in municipal affairs, and served for some time as warden for his county; and was also president of the South Renfrew Agricultural Society. In 1867, he was chosen to represent South Renfrew in the first Ontario Assembly; and during the last two years of his term he was also a member of the House of Commons, but at the general election in 1872 he suffered defeat. However, in 1874, he succeeded in defeating his opponent, Mr. Bannerman, by a majority of seventy. He was unseated on petition, but on again appealing to the electors in 1875, he was re-elected, and once more took his seat in the House of Commons. Mr. Macdougall continued to represent South Renfrew until August, 1878, when he was appointed by Mr. Mackenzie's government as auditor-general, in the room of Mr. Langton, who was superannuated. In religion Mr. Macdougall professes the Presbyterian faith. In politics, he is a Reformer, but now takes no part in political contests. In 1871 he married Miss Morris, daughter of Mr. P. Morris. Mr Macdougall is a very painstaking officer, and fills the important post he occupies to the satisfaction of all concerned.


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