Donald Alexander MacKinnon

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The Hon.
Donald Alexander MacKinnon
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8th Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island
In office
3 October 1904 – 1 June 1910
Monarch Edward VII
George V
Governor General The Earl of Minto
The Earl Grey
Premier Arthur Peters
Francis Haszard
Preceded by Peter Adolphus McIntyre
Succeeded by Benjamin Rogers
MLA (Assemblyman) for 4th Kings
In office
December 13, 1893 – December 13, 1899
Preceded by New District
Succeeded by Albert Prowse
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for East Queen's
In office
November 7, 1900 – November 3, 1904
Preceded by Alexander Martin
Succeeded by Electoral district was abolished in 1903.
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Queen's
In office
December 6, 1921 – October 29, 1925
Serving with John Ewen Sinclair
Preceded by Donald Nicholson
Succeeded by Robert Harold Jenkins
John Albert Messervy
Personal details
Born (1863-02-22)22 February 1863
Uigg, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Died 20 April 1928(1928-04-20) (aged 65)
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Political party Liberal
Adelaide Beatrice Louise (m. 1892)
Children Beatrice, Arthur, and a second son who died in childhood
Residence Georgetown, Prince Edward Island
Alma mater Dalhousie Law School
Prince of Wales College
Occupation teacher, lawyer, author
Profession Politician
Cabinet Attorney General (1899-1900)

Donald Alexander MacKinnon (22 February 1863 – 20 April 1928) was a Canadian teacher, lawyer, politician, author, and the eighth Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island from 1904 to 1910.

Born in Uigg, Prince Edward Island, the son of William and Catherine Nicholson Mackinnon, MacKinnon attended Uigg grammar school and started teaching when he was 14. He later received a first-class teaching licence from the Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown. In 1882, he started articling with the Charlottetown barrister Malcolm McLeod. From 1885 to 1887, he attended Dalhousie Law School where he received a Bachelor of Laws degree. He was called to the Bar an attorney in 1887 and a barrister in 1888. He was created a Queen's Counsel in 1899. He opened a practice in Georgetown, Prince Edward Island in 1887 where he remained until moving to Charlottetown in 1897. In 1900, he became president of the Law Society of Prince Edward Island.

From 1893 to 1900, he was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island for the electoral district of 4th Kings. In 1899, he was chosen as attorney general in the cabinet of Donald Farquharson; however, as a result of the appointment, he was required to run for reelection and he was defeated.

He was elected to the House of Commons of Canada as the Liberal candidate for the electoral district of East Queen's in the 1900 federal election. In 1901, the election was declared void and MacKinnon was re-elected in the resulting 1901 by-election. In 1904, he was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island and served until 1910. He returned to federal politics when he was elected to the House of Commons for electoral district of Queen's in the 1921 federal election. MacKinnon died in Charlottetown in 1928.