James E. MacDonald

James Emmanuel Macdonald 1842-1903

James E. was a well respected merchant, shipbuilder and member of the Legislative Assembly of P.E.I. He came to Cardigan in 1864 from Georgetown. He was associated with Macdonald Bros. of Georgetown before establishing his own business. Of the resident shipbuilders, his was the busiest shipyard, being involved in the construction of about 23 ships between 1868 and 1903. The Assyrian, one of the largest ships built in Cardigan was a three masted barque of 492 tons built in 1873. James E. was an M.L.A. from 1873-1882 and was re-elected in 1890 and 1893 and was a sitting member when he died in 1903. He was a supporter of the Conservative party. His business was that of a general merchant and exporter of Island produce. He was married in 1877 to Georgina Stephens of Orwell Cove whose father, Patrick Stephens owned a successful business there.

Above: James E. Macdonald's Letterhead used on his business papers


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