John Lewis MacDonald 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 ; 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. Wikipedia*

On the C-SPAN Networks:
JOHN LEWIS MACDONALD has zero videos in the C-SPAN Video Library.

Appearances by Title:


U.S. Representative, D-MN 3rd December 5, 1887 - March 3, 1889 Videos: 0

Recent Appearances

See all appearances

Appearance Stats


Historical Member of Congress Record

Former Ideology Rankings

Ideology data is based on DW-NOMINATE statistics developed by Keith Poole and Howard Rosenthal. More information can be found at Voteview .

* The first paragraph of this page uses material from the Wikipedia article 'John L. MacDonald', which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0. Footnotes and parentheticals have been removed.