The Life & Times of D’Arcy McGee

On April 7th 1868, a shot rang out on Spark Street in Ottawa. Felled while putting his key into the front door of his rooming house, was Thomas D’Arcy McGee, a “Father of Confederation” and close friend of Sir John A. Macdonald. Who did it? Were the Fenians involved? Did Patrick James Whelan, the accused assassin, receive a fair trial? Come listen to James Powell from the Historical Society of Ottawa speak on the life and times of D’Arcy McGee, and on his assassination that shook the new Dominion of Canada.


Nov 30 2022


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


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  • James Powell
    James Powell
    Historian, Writer, Author

    Born in Bermuda, James is a retired senior officer of the Bank of Canada. He is the author or co-author of three books dealing with some aspect of Canadian economic history: A History of the Canadian Dollar; The Bank of Canada of James Elliott Coyne: Challenges, Confrontation and Change; and (with Jill Moxley), Faking It! A History of Counterfeiting in Canada. He also wrote a History of the G-20 Countries for the Group of Twenty, as well as two corporate books for the Bank of Canada, one focusing on the architecture and art of the Bank of Canada and another on Canada’s currency collection. James is a Director of the Historical Society of Ottawa, and is the author of an Ottawa history blog called Today in Ottawa’s History.

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