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Alone at the Top
The Path to Power
Leading Canada
Private Life
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Banner: First Among Equals: The Prime Minister in Canadian Life and Politics
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The Passing of a Leader

John A. Macdonald died in office, shortly after winning the March 1891 election. Following the British tradition, Macdonald lay in state in the Senate. After a state funeral at St. Alban's church, his coffin was taken by train to Kingston. The nation mourned deeply the death of the Father of Confederation and first prime minister. Thousands paid their respects in Ottawa and thousands more lined the tracks to catch a glimpse of the funeral train.

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