James Monroe McDonald

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Born(1825-07-10)July 10, 1825
Old Washington, Mason, Kentucky
DiedJune 7, 1907(1907-06-07) (aged 81)
San Francisco, California
Resting placeCypress Lawn
Other namesCaptain
CitizenshipUnited States of America
  • Pioneer capitalist
  • Philanthropist
Spouse(s)Mary J. McDonald
RelativesMarcus L McDonald (brother)

James Monroe McDonald was born 10 july 1825 in Old Washington, Mason, Kentucky, United States Enlisted in the civil war Married Mary McDonald 31 Mar 1893. Co-Founder of Pacific Bank, SF w/brother RH McDonald.[1][2]

Endowments to the University of California to foster the memory of James Monroe Donald, California pioneer, presented by his wife, Mrs Mary J. McDonald.[3]

James Monroe McDonald, better known as "Captain" and brother Marcus L McDonald are identified with many western projects among them the building of the first toll road across the Siena Nevada mountains and the construction of the first telegraph lines both in California and the Pacific Northwest. The Captain was the first to discover the use of the glass insulator in the construction of telephone and telegraph lines. Inception of the telegraph system.[4]

These brothers are life members of the Bohemian Club in San Francisco.

JM McDonald's brother and business partner, Marcus (Mark) Lindsey McDonald built Mableton Mansion.[5]

James Monroe McDonald is buried at Cypress Lawn.

Married Mary Julia Ledlie McDonald, Elsinore Pioneer and Philanthropist.[6]

Mrs. McDonald was a founding mother of the Town of Elsinore, CA. For her Civic Service and work in assuring fresh water to the people of Elsinore - the well and fountain head are memorialized at the McDonald Gazebo in Lake Elsinore.[7]

Together Mary and James amassed a considerable historical library (their legacy): Includes: BABYLONIAN CUNEIFORM TABLET.[8]

He died 7 June 1907 in San Francisco, California.[9]


  1. "LAKE ELSINORE: Gazebo tabbed for historical recognition". Press Enterprise. 2014-02-21. Retrieved 2020-08-21.
  2. "Babylonian Cuneiform Tablet". scarc.library.oregonstate.edu. Retrieved 2020-08-21.
  3. Brandeberry, Lauri (2018-05-07). "James Monroe McDonald Endowment". Department of Plant Sciences. Retrieved 2020-08-21.
  4. "Daily Alta California 5 November 1877 — California Digital Newspaper Collection". cdnc.ucr.edu. Retrieved 2020-08-21.
  5. "Daily Alta California 5 November 1877 — California Digital Newspaper Collection". cdnc.ucr.edu. Retrieved 2020-08-21.
  6. "McDonald Mansion", Wikipedia, 2020-08-18, retrieved 2020-08-21
  7. "Locate a Gravesite". Cypress Lawn. Retrieved 2020-08-21.
  8. "Treasures of the McDonald Collection - Special Collections & Archives Research Center". scarc.library.oregonstate.edu. Retrieved 2020-08-21.
  9. "Babylonian Cuneiform Tablet". scarc.library.oregonstate.edu. Retrieved 2020-08-21.

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