Waterloo Region Generations
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Dr. James McMahon, MPP

Male 1830 - Yes, date unknown

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  • Name James McMahon 
    Prefix Dr. 
    Suffix MPP 
    Born 1 Jul 1830  Of, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1850  Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-141986 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Person ID I141986  Generations
    Last Modified 4 Nov 2019 

  • Notes 
    • Dr. James McMahon, M.P.P. Dundas, Ontario

      DR. JAMES McMAHON, representative for North Wentworth in the Ontario Legislature, belongs to a family whose members have made themselves distinctively prominent in Canadian affairs. He was born at Dundas, July 1st, 1830, his parents being Hugh and Ann (McGovern) McMahon, both natives of County Cavan, Ireland, where they were married. The family came to Canada in 1819, and first settled in Dundas. Subsequently they removed to Guelph, but after a brief residence there they returned to Dundas, where the family homestead was finally established, and where the old people remained until their death. The Doctor was educated privately by his father, who was a fine classical scholar, and at the age of fifteen he commenced the study of medicine in the office of the late Dr. Mitchell, of Dundas. He afterwards attended the University of Toronto, became a licentiate of the Medical Board of Upper Canada, and received the degree of M.D. from the Medical Department of Victoria College, Cobourg. In 1850, he commenced practice in the village of Ayr, Waterloo County, but at the end of two years he returned to Dundas, and entered into partnership with his former preceptor, Dr. Mitchell. On the death of the later from cholera, in 1854, he assumed the full practice, and has carried it on ever since. Form many years Mr. McMahon gave his whole attention to this profession, and had built up a large and very successful practice. At a later period, however, he found time to take an interest in public affairs, and here also he has made his mark. He served in the town council several years and was mayor in 1867, voluntarily retiring at the end of his term. He was also a member the public school board. Politically, he has always been a Reformer, and has taken an active share in the party contests in the Riding. In 1875, on the unseating and disqualification of Mr. Thomas Stock, Dr. McMahon was chosen in North Wentworth as the Reform candidate for the Legislature, in opposition to Dr. Thos. Miller, whom he defeated by 125 votes. Four times since he has been successful in carrying the Riding. In 1879, he defeated James McMonies, a member of his own party, by over 1000; in 1883, his majority over T.J. Bell was 150; over Alex. W. Brown, 484 in 1886, and over W.F. Maclean (of Toronto), 288 in 1890. Both in the House and out of it the Doctor has always been a consistent supporter of the Government of Hon. Oliver Mowat, and he has made his influence worthy felt in Dominion contests as well. In January, 1858, he married Julia M., a daughter of the late William M. Ball, a member of an old and respected family in Niagara. The Doctor is a brother of the late Judge Thomas B. McMahon, of Norfolk, and of Hon. Mr. Justice McMahon, of the Supreme Court.

      Prominent Men of Canada, Hamilton and Environs 1886

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