Jack MacDonald

Born 1927

John A. "Jack" MacDonald was a politician, businessman, and journalist in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He served as Mayor of Hamilton from 1976 to 1980, and wrote a column in the Hamilton Spectator newspaper for many years.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Jack MacDonald.


1927 Birth MacDonald was born in 1927 in London, Ontario and moved to Hamilton, Ontario in 1942. … Read More


1949 22 Years Old In 1949 he became the youngest alderman ever elected in the City of Hamilton. … Read More
1953 26 Years Old In 1953 he became deputy mayor.
1956 29 Years Old He ran for Mayor of Hamilton in 1956 and 1962 but lost.


1972 45 Years Old He was elected citizen of the year in 1972 and ran again for mayor in 1976, this time winning.
1976 49 Years Old …  He served as Mayor of Hamilton from 1976 to 1980, and wrote a column in the Hamilton Spectator newspaper for many years.


He was re-elected again in 1978.
He also endorsed a pledge by the federal government to assist in construction of a National Hockey League-sized arena for the city in 1979, and argued that Hamilton deserved a team in the next NHL expansion. … Read More
1980 53 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1980, he supported plans by the Hamilton Harbour commissioners to build for an industrial area on the city's Beach Strip. … Read More
1982 55 Years Old It has been reported that MacDonald reached an agreement with Toronto Maple Leafs owner Harold Ballard near the end of his mandate, to bring the Colorado Rockies hockey franchise to Hamilton in 1982. … Read More
1984 57 Years Old He campaigned for the Canadian House of Commons in the 1984 federal election, running for the Progressive Conservative Party in Hamilton East. … Read More


1999 72 Years Old 1 More Event
He remained a supporter of the Progressive Conservative Party at the federal level, and wrote pieces supporting party leader Jean Charest while criticizing the rival right-wing Reform Party of Preston Manning. He voted for Joe Clark to return as Progressive Conservative leader in 1999, although he also argued that both Clark and Manning would need to leave the federal scene for a united conservative party to emerge.
2000 - 2003 3 More Events
2004 77 Years Old He underwent open heart surgery in September 2004. … Read More
2010 83 Years Old MacDonald died in a Hamilton hospice on May 5, 2010, at the age of 82.
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