John A. Becomes a Fully Licensed Lawyer

February 7, 1836
John A. Macdonald's receipt for application to the Law Society of Upper Canada (Note the misspelling of Macdonald as McDonald). Source: Library and Archives Canada.Pinterest
John A. Macdonald's receipt for application to the Law Society of Upper Canada (Note the misspelling of Macdonald as McDonald). Source: Library and Archives Canada.

Two weeks after his 21st birthday, John A. braved the winter conditions and travelled by stagecoach to Toronto to sit the bar exam. On February 7, 1836 a triumphant John A. returned to Kingston as a fully licensed lawyer and attorney. His first task was to establish a regular roster of clients to bring in steady income. He hired two law students: Alexander Campbell and his old school friend, Oliver Mowat. Between them, they made a living brokering real estate deals, doing title searches, chasing down debtors and completing corporate business transactions.