Not To Be Trusted With Knives

{February 17, 2008}   P.M. #2: Not-Sir Alexander Mackenzie

And now in part 2 of my 23 part series, I give you the 2nd Prime Minister of Canada, Alexander Mackenzie. Who I always mix up with William Lyon Mackenzie King, although my extensive research1 suggests they are in no way related.


Name Alexander Mackenzie
Born: January 28, 1822 in Logierait, Scotland
Died: April 17, 1892
Party: Liberal
Held Office: November 7, 1873 – October 9, 1878
Best known for: -creating the Royal Military College & the Supreme Court of Canada-he took power after Sir John A’s government fell in 1873, and then got knocked out by Sir John A who won a majority in 1878
Some Things I Didn’t Know About This P.M. Being very proud of his working class origins, he thrice refused the offer of knighthood and was the only Canadian P.M. not be knighted until Arthur Meighen in took office in 1920. Apparently it was customary to knight Canadian P.M.s

If you are just dying to read more about Alex M.? Check out:

1My “extensive research” may or may not have been me typing “Are Alexander Mackenzie and William Lyon Mackenzie related?” into Google.

Image credit: This image was obtained from the National Archives of Canada, PA-026308 and is in the public domain. Yay public domain!

[…] few, making it hard to remember who all they were, we’ve now covered Sir John A. Macdonald, Alexander Mackenzie, Sir John Abbott, Sir John Thompson, Sir Mackenzie Bowell and Sir Charles Tupper. Three out of six […]

[…] a patronage appointment with the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) for his support of Alexander Mackenzie in the 1874 Canadian federal […]

Comments are closed.

et cetera
%d bloggers like this: