Statue: Macdonald as young lawyer unveiled

Posted: 07/30/2015

Sir John A. Macdonald statue as a young lawyerA statue of Sir John A. Macdonald as a young lawyer was unveiled on Canada Day in Prince Edward County.

Treasurer Janet E. Minor joined The Macdonald Project of Prince Edward County chair David Warrick, sculptor Ruth Abernethy, Prince Edward-Hastings MP Daryl Kramp and Mayor Robert Quaiff to unveil the statue entitled “Holding Court”.

The ceremony took place in front of The Armoury in Picton, Ontario.

The statue depicts Macdonald as a young lawyer arguing his first case before a jury on October 8, 1834. He won, despite still being a student-at-law. It is the tenth public statue in Canada to honour Macdonald and was made possible with the support of Heritage Canada.

“Prince Edward County is a fitting place to acknowledge the beginnings of Macdonald’s legal career. A career that brought him into frequent contact and engagement with our organization over his entire adult life.” Treasurer Minor said.

At the age of 15, Macdonald was admitted to The Law Society of Upper Canada as one of three students-at-law. He was granted a licence to practise as an attorney and as a solicitor in 1835, then passed the barrister’s examination and was called to the Bar in 1836. Although there were many other demands on his time, he stood as an elected bencher at the Law Society for 22 years.

“This sculpture will remind Canadians that the nation’s first prime minister began his career in law and public administration in Picton. He rose from humble beginnings as the son of an immigrant shopkeeper and miller in the Quinte region to become the principal architect of Canada.” said Warrick.

For more information about The Macdonald Project, visit macdonaldproject.com.