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MCDADE, GEORGE MANNING, journalist, lawyer, and politician; b. Saint John, 7 Jan 1893, s/o Michael McDade and Elizabeth McWilliams; m. 1931, Irene B. Donohue, RN, of Saint John; d. there, 25 May 1966.

George M. McDade, who was the son of one of New Brunswick's best-known journalists, first came to the Miramichi in the fall of 1910, at less than eighteen years of age, to help edit the North Shore Leader. He did this job for a year and a half and then left for western Canada. Later he worked for brief periods on newspapers in Montreal and Saint John, but he soon abandoned journalism and took up the study of law at Dalhousie University (LLB 1916). He was employed for a short time in Fredericton and then opened an office in Chatham. He was admitted to the bar in December 1917. Between 1921 and 1927 he was in partnership with John P. Barry, but he was absent due to illness from 1923 to 1926. He was agent for the federal minister of justice in the county and sat on several New Brunswick Royal Commissions.

In the federal election of 1930 McDade ran successfully under the Conservative banner, and he represented Northumberland County as a member of the government of Prime Minister R. B. Bennett until 1935. He did not reoffer in the election held that year. In the late 1930s and early 40s he taught civil law part time at St Thomas College. He was a member of the Chatham School Board for a number of years. He was ill for some time prior to his death in Saint John in 1966, at age seventy-three. His survivors were his wife, Irene Donohue, and two sons.

Note re. later publication - after entry on James Thomson.


[b] Graves [m] Advocate 21 Jan 1931 [d] Globe 26 May 1966 / Advocate 1 Nov 1910, 13 Mar 1912, 6 Dec 1917, 22 Apr 1919 (ad), 10 Aug 1926; PMC; PPMP; World 19 Sep 1917, 16 Nov 1921