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John Lewis MacDonald (February 22, 1838 – July 13, 1903) was a Representative from Minnesota; born in Glasgow, Scotland, February 22, 1838; immigrated to Nova Scotia, Canada, with his parents, who later, in 1847, settled in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; moved to Minnesota in 1855 and settled in Scott County; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1859 and commenced practice at Belle Plaine, Minnesota; judge of the probate court of Scott County in 1860 and 1861; during the Civil War was commissioned to enlist and muster volunteers for the Union Army; prosecuting attorney of Scott County in 1863 and 1864; county superintendent of schools in 1865 and 1866; member of the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1869 and 1870; served in the Minnesota Senate in 1871 and 1873 – 1876; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for attorney general in 1872; mayor of Shakopee in 1876; elected judge of the eighth judicial district of Minnesota in 1876 for a term of seven years and reelected without opposition in 1883; resigned in the fall of 1886, having been elected to Congress; elected as a Democrat to the 50th congress (March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1889); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1888 to the 51st congress; engaged in the practice of his profession in Saint Paul, Minnesota; moved to Kansas City, Missouri, in 1898 and continued the practice of law until his death from injuries received in a streetcar accident July 13, 1903. He was buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Horace B. Strait
U.S. Representative from Minnesota's 3rd congressional district
1887 – 1889
Succeeded by
Darwin Hall


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