John Joseph McGee

Michael Pitfield Ireland Rodolphe Boudreau
John Joseph McGee
Clerk of the Privy Council
In office
May 20, 1882 – May 5, 1907
Preceded byJoseph-Olivier Coté
Succeeded byRodolphe Boudreau
Personal details
Born(1845-08-06)August 6, 1845
Wexford, Ireland
DiedApril 10, 1927(1927-04-10) (aged 81)

John Joseph McGee (August 6, 1845 – April 10, 1927) was Clerk of the Privy Council of Canada from May 20, 1882 to May 5, 1907 and is the longest-serving occupant of the position.

Born in Wexford, Ireland, McGee immigrated to Canada in 1863 at the request of his half-brother D'Arcy McGee. He finished his education at McGill University and joined the civil service in 1879 as a first class clerk in the Department of the Interior. He became Assistant Clerk of the Queen's Privy Council in 1880 and became Clerk of the Privy Council two years later.

Personal life

McGee married Elizabeth Crotty and the couple had nine children, six sons (Charles, D'Arcy, Frank, James, John Jr. and Walter) and three daughters, (Katharine, Lillian and May).[1] Sons Frank and James achieved prominence in ice hockey and other sports. D'Arcy became a prominent lawyer in Ottawa. Charles, Frank, John and Walter all served in the Canadian army in World War I. Charles and Frank died serving for Canada. James died in 1904 of a horse-riding accident.


  1. ^ "John Jos. McGee Died Last Night At Age 81 Years". Ottawa Citizen. April 11, 1927. p. 4.