Sir John A.'s Portrait in Kingston's City Hall

Sir John A.'s Portrait in Kingston's City Hall

Painted by well-known photographer and portrait artist William Sawyer in 1863 (four years prior to Confederation), the full length portrait portrays the yet-to-be-knighted John A. in a formal pose, typical of the time. 

John A. Becomes Sir John A.

Reading the proclamation of Confederation in Market Square on July 1, 1867. Source: Queen's University Archives.

On the morning of July 1, 1867, the first Dominion Day, John A. received word that he had been granted a knighthood.

Stories of

Sir John A. Macdonald

Welcome to the History and Innovation website created by the City of Kingston to commemorate and celebrate the stories that make our City. Begun as a part of the Sir John A. bicentennial commemorations, this site begins with 200 information nodes about John A.’s life and the confederation era in Kingston. Information can be searched by theme, date and location. 

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