Mr. John W. McDougall,
Editor of the “Daily Telegraph,” was born at Peterborough, Northamptonshire, England, in the year 1819. He is of Scotch descent, his father belonging to an old Argyleshire family, several of whose members have served the Empire with distinction in Canada and India. Mr. McDougall was educated in London, where he also married. Leaving England with his wife, very shortly afterwards, he first touched. New Zealand soil at Port Chalmers. For a few years he led the life of a' settler, and was engaged in various contracts in Canterbury. During this period he was a contributor to various newspapers, principally on political and social subjects. He removed to Napier in 1877, and for some time combined building operations with literary work. His writings brought him into notice, and he was in 1880 offered the position of editor of the “Waipawa Mail,” which he accepted, and since that time has been engaged solely in journalistic pursuits. In 1881 he unsuccessfully contested the Napier seat in the House of Representatives. In the following year he joined the literary staff of the “Hawke's Bay Herald,” and continued his connection with that journal till 1894, when he became editor of the “Daily Telegraph.” Mr. McDougall, as a Freemason, has held the office of Grand Provincial Superintendent since 1901; has been a member of the Ancient Order of Foresters for thirty years, in which order he is a Past District Treasurer; has for several years been president of the Starr Bowkett Building Society; and was a member of the Napier Borough Council for five years. He married a daughter of Mr. Edward Downey, of Stepney, London, England, and has six sons.