John A. the Business Man

1860-1870
John A. Macdonald, June 1, 1858. Source: Library and Archives Canada.Pinterest
John A. Macdonald, June 1, 1858. Source: Library and Archives Canada.
Empire Life (former Commercial Bank), 259 King St. East, Kingston, ON. Source: City of Kingston.Pinterest
Empire Life (former Commercial Bank), 259 King St. East, Kingston, ON. Source: City of Kingston.

In his mid-twenties Macdonald turns his hand to business. As biographer Richard Gwyn points out: "As early as 1842, he went into real estate, buying and selling lots and parcels of land in Kingston; he did well at first, but later all his gains were wiped out by a real estate crash. He eventually became a director of no less than a dozen Kingston companies, involved in everything from insurance to canals." One long-standing commercial venture is as solicitor for the Commercial Bank of the Midland District.