MacDONALD, John Louis, representative, was born in Glasgow, Scotland, Feb. 22, 1838 ; son of Dr. John and Margery (McKinley) Macdonald. He came with his parents to the United States in 1847. and settled in Pittsburg. Pa. In 1855 he removed with his parents to St. Paul, Minn., and tlienee to Belle Plaine, Scott county, Minn. He was admitted to the bar in 1859 : was judge of the probate court of Scott county. 1800-01, and also county superintendent of schools and prosecuting attorney for that county. He was married, June 22, 1861, to Mary, daughter of P. Hennessy of Belle Plaine. Minn. He edited the Belle Plaine Enquirer, 1860-61 ; and removed to Shakopee. Minn., in 1861, where he established the Argus and edited and published it until 1862. During the civil war he was commissioned to enlist and muster in volunteers for the Federal army. He was prosecuting attorney of Scott county, 1863-64 ; representative in the state legislature, 1860-70, and a state senator in 1871 and 1873-77. He was the Democratic candidate for attorney-general, 1«72 ; and judge of the eighth judicial district of Minnesota, 1876-86. He resigned in 1886 and represented the third Minnesota district in the 51st Congress, 1887-89. He practised law- in St. Paul, Minn.. 1889-97, and then removed to Kansas City , Mo., where he continued to practice law.
From Minnesota Legislative Reference Library at http://www.leg.state.mn.us/legdb/fulldetail.asp?ID=13766
Toensing and The Fifteenth Legislature of Minnesota, 1873 list his birth year as 1836; the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress and Progressive Men of Minnesota, 1897 both list 1838.
Toensing and the Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1869 list his last name as McDonald. The Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress, The Fifteenth Legislature of Minnesota, 1873; and Progressive Men of Minnesota list MacDonald. Minnesota in Three Centuries, and the Minnesota Legislative Manuals, 1871, 1875, and 1876 list Macdonald. The Minnesota Legislative Manuals, 1873 and 1874 list both McDonald and MacDonald. The Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1870 lists both MacDonald and Macdonald.
He came to the United States in 1846. He lived for a few years in Nova Scotia, Canada. He came to Belle Plaine, Minnesota in 1855. He moved to Shakopee, Minnesota in 1861.
He ran and lost as the Democratic candidate for Minnesota Attorney General in 1872.
He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the United States House of Representatives in 1888.
"Another prominent Democrat was John Louis Macdonald." (Twelfth State Legislature. Minnesota in Three Centuries, 1908, p. 37)
He died from injuries related to a streetcar accident in Kansas City, Missouri. He was buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery,