Alderman Macdonald

1843-1844
Possibly the earliest photograph of John A. Macdonald, circa 1840s. Source: Library and Archives CanadaPinterest
Possibly the earliest photograph of John A. Macdonald, circa 1840s. Source: Library and Archives Canada

In the municipal election on March 28, 1843, Macdonald ran for his first political post and was elected to Kingston's town council. He was carried from the tavern by his supporters, atop a chair. Moments later, he was dumped unceremoniously onto the street, into the slush and manure. Picking himself up among the throngs of bystanders and drunken revellers, Macdonald brushed himself off, turned to the revellers and said, “Isn't it strange that I should have downfall so soon?” The crowd roared with laughter.