John Mc Allister

John Mc Allister
first mayor of Campbellton

John was born July 27/1842 in Durham, NB. and went to school in Durham
and then the Presbyterian Academy in Chatham.

He was son of John Mc Allister(1807-1875) and Catherine Murphy (1813-1894)
they married Mar. 14/1839
John Jr. was a school teacher in the 1861 census
he was a Barrister at Law in the 1881 census,
having been admited to the bar in 1879 at age 37.
He ran for a seat in Provincial Gov. in 1882, again in 1887 and was defeated.
He became senior partner in the McAlister and Mott law firm
and was named at Queen's Counsel in 1899.

He served as Swedish Consul from 1880 to 1888 and U.S. Consul from 1888 to 1891
In 1889, the town of Campbellton was incorporated and he ran for mayor and won.
That first Council was comprised of :
Mayor John McAllister
In ward 1: Dr V.J. Venner and A. G. Adams
In ward 2: J.D. Sowerby and Henry Connacher
In ward 3: J.P.Mowatt and William Glover
Assessors were Richard Parker, Peter McLean and John A. Flett

Ten months later, an election was conducted and Dr. William W. Doherty replaced him.

In the 1891 census he is living with Catherine his mother
and listed as being 48 years old and single
his 50 yr old sister Mary is also living with them.

March 5, 1891, he was finally elected as MP, re-elected at the general election of June 22/1896 and remained here until he was defeated by James Reid in 1900 thus came his retirement.

John McAllister died Nov. 4/1918 in Campbellton at age 76 and is buried in the New Mills Presbyterian Cemetery.

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