Fonds ID412 - James D. McKenna

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James D. McKenna

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  • 1930 (Creation)
    McKenna, James Daly

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10 cm of textual records

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Biographical history

James Daly McKenna (1874-1949) was born in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and educated in Dartmouth and Halifax public schools. He became a newspaperman and one of the founders of the "Atlantic Weekly", which began circulation 1 April 1893. He joined the staff of the "Halifax Acadian Recorder" and became news editor of the "Halifax Evening Mail". He was also a parliamentary correspondent in Ottawa for the Halifax newspapers.

In 1903 he purchased the "Kings County Record" in Sussex, New Brunswick, and in 1913 acquired the controlling interest in the "Maritime Farmer". From 1923-1943 he was associated with the owners of the Saint John "Telegraph Journal" and the "Evening Times" and became president of the New Brunswick Publishing Company. In 1930, J.D. McKenna attended the fourth Imperial Press Conference in London, England as a delegate and a conference of the Federated Chambers of Commerce of the British Empire also held in London in 1930 at Guildhall.

He was active on the boards of many Atlantic businesses and on Boards of Trade and Chambers of Commerce at several levels. He was a Liberal, elected Member of the Legislature for Kings County from 1922-1925. He was mayor of Saint John from 1944 to 1948 and also mayor of Sussex for 3 years.

McKenna was married twice, first in 1902 to Nellie McGivern who died in 1917, leaving 1 son and 3 daughters. In 1919 he married Margaret Archibald, daughter of Luther Archibald of Hopewell Hill, with whom he had 3 sons.

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The fonds consists of correspondence and printed ephemera including invitations, souvenir programs, passes, booklets and menus from McKenna's trip to England in 1930.

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Donated by James D. McKenna, 1938


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